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Ascarelli is typically Roman additions provided by Giorgio Castelnuovo Ascarelli is a Jewish family name of Spanish origin; in 1400 the surname was Ascarieli עז כאריה אלי which in Hebrew means strong like a lion of my God the surname is found in Hebrew in texts dating back to 1200, written also in Latin characters, it returns later in other times, it is found in Livorno in 1500 and then to Rome. A Giosue Ascarelli was chief rabbi in 1600, his sons were forced to baptism, his wife Debora Ascarelli was a poet in both Italian and Hebrew in 1600.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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