What do Sicilians Look Like? Let’s dig into the DNA

What colour are Sicilians?

This seems to be the most controversial and provocative question one could possibly ask in relation to Sicily.

I receive a regular stream of distressed or outraged comments from people who cannot bear it when I mention that Sicilian skin spans a range of many tones. They are always Americans with Sicilian grandparents or great grandparents, rather than people who live in Sicily.

Some of them actually send me photos of Sicilians to “show me how white Sicilians are”. This is not necessary because I have lived in Sicily for eleven years. I see Sicilians wherever I go. I even see one in my bed every night. Explaining that Sicilians are white is like explaining that the Queen is posh. Why would you feel the need to mention it?

Shocking prejudice

I realised why, when a Sicilian-American friend told me recently about the staggering prejudice she had experienced growing up as an American with a Sicilian surname. My mouth literally hung open when she recounted what people had said and done to her.

Here in Sicily, the people – obviously – don’t experience any of that nonsense. They have no reason to re-write the narrative of their own history or heritage. They are proud of every part of it.

In Europe we consider all indigenous Europeans to be white people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of something else in you too. We’ve been invaded so many times we probably all do.

Early Sicily... prototype for a Benetton advertisement?
Early Sicily… prototype for a Benetton advertisement?

What’s in the Sicilian gene pool?

We had our family DNA tested a while ago. I wondered what would turn up from this list of the people who have invaded and/or settled in Sicily:

Three original tribes called Sicani, Elymians and Sicels.  They were the first arrivals after Sicily rose up out of the sea, and ancient writers thought they originated from Spain, mainland Italy and Greece.

Carthaginians (Carthage is now called Tunis). They were Phoenicians (from what is now Lebanon) mixed with a few North African Berbers.

Greeks

Romans

Jews, who were the only ones to migrate to Sicily instead of invading. Nobody knows exactly when they came but they were here before the Moors invaded.

Moors from North Africa (they were an ethnic mix of Middle Eastern Arabs and North African tribes)

Vikings (otherwise known as Normans or Norsemen)

Vandals (a Germanic tribe)

Ostrogoths (from the Byzantine Empire)

Swabians from what is now South Germany

Angevins from what is now France

Aragonese from what is now Spain

More French and Spanish and also Austrians

Bourbon French

And finally, Mainland Italians.

As you can see, the gene pool is quite varied.

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My Sicilian husband’s DNA

Firstly I want to say that connecting people’s DNA with geographic regions or races is in its infancy as a science, and has a certaintly level ranging from 50% to 80% – so it is speculative and far from certain. It’s still fun to look into it, though.

My own DNA results were so boring it was hardly worth the money. They just said British British British British British British British, 0.1% Broadly North European, British. (The only exciting part was 0.1% African. Wherever did that come from? Being one-thousandth African suggests you had one African ancestor in early medieval times. The mind boggles.)

The kiddo was a bit more exotic.

For Hubby, we got 81% Italian, a lot of “broadly southern European” and a little “broadly northern European” (this means they cannot work out exactly where it comes from), a little bit of Spanish and a little more French and German, about 4.4% Middle Eastern and North African, and about 1% west (sub-Saharan) African.

Why so much variety among Sicilians?

There are plenty of national and ethnic groups in the list of invaders which did not make an appearance in my husband, but which might be heavily concentrated in other Sicilians. Based on Sicilian people who have told me their DNA, the variety is immense. Some had as much as 24% Middle Eastern DNA in their report. Some were 20% German. One was nearly a quarter Greek.

I think this lack of homogeneity is because Sicilians have spent centuries marrying people from the same village. If a village or town was a Greek town 2,000 years ago, chances are it pretty much still is. If it was originally Moorish, it may still have a major spike in African and Middle Eastern DNA.

It’s only very recently that significant numbers of Sicilians have started marrying people from other towns and begun seriously mixing up the gene pool. It will take many generations before they achieve the homogeneity that mainland Italians now have. (As a result of the Roman Empire, Italy with its slave economy was very multi-ethnic 2,000 years ago.)

Out of Africa

One particular gene called a haplotype can tell you, if you’re male, who you father’s father’s father’s father was, going exclusively through the male line back to when you were only just human. Women can go back directly through the femal ancestry.

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In this male line, Hubby’s haplotype evolved 23,000 years ago in Eastern Africa and then one of his ancestors migrated, along with others of his tribe, into the Mediterranean region at some point. This haplotype is still most heavily concentrated in Eastern Africa around Ethiopia and Somalia, where almost 100% of the men carry it.

The tantalising thing about genetics is that we can never know if this African male ancestor turned up in Sicily during the Moorish invasion in about 1,000 A.D., or 22,000 years earlier than that.

So, what colour are Sicilians anyway?

Let’s go back to those Sicilian Americans and the question of what Sicilians look like. The short answer is that there’s no such thing as a typical-looking Sicilian. There’s just far too much variety. You get tall ones, short ones, sturdy ones, dainty ones, very dark ones and very pale ones and even a few gingernuts. There’s one boy in my village with platinum hair and freckles, who looks Swedish.

When Sicilians have a baby, the question on everyone’s lips is, what carnagione do they have? Carnagione means skin tone, and in Sicily, you never know what you’ll get. Dark like Nonna Pina? Blonde and green-eyed like Nonna Anna? Deep olive skin like uncle Danilo? I have a brother-in-law who is extremely dark but his son has platinum blonde hair and blue eyes.

Meanwhile the photos I am sent from America always look like Sicilians in winter. Of course Sicilians are pale in winter. But what about summer?

Most Sicilians spend as much of the summer as possible on the beach. I have never, ever seen a Sicilian buying or applying sunscreen; they just don’t need it. How dark they go is partly a result of their genes and mainly a direct measure of how much leisure time they get. Very white people get lots of pity and commiseration, whereas the dark ones attract slightly envious admiration.

I’ve seen Hubby looking the same colour as me, and I’ve seen him after a lot of time on a yacht looking, I swear, as dark as an African. Except for his buttocks, which were so white they glowed in the dark.

I expect his backside is his 2.5% German part.

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173 thoughts on “What do Sicilians Look Like? Let’s dig into the DNA

  1. I’m not going to assume I’m only, 1/2 Sicilian and 1/4 Irish 1/4 English. I have been told that all my life. My grandfather on my fathers side was born in Santa margarita Sicily. I know I probably spelled the town wrong. My grandmother is Sicilian decent born in Brooklyn New York. My maiden name is calderone. My mother is English on her fathers side born in garrison beach Newyork and my grandmother was born in county cork Ireland. My fathers father was fair skin with blue eyes. My father was dark skinned Sicilian. When he was in the sun he could pass for a black person. I got the black Irish look. Light skin, that’s burns and thick dark brunette hair and big Italian hazel green eyes that go brown. I get all the time, you look like a map of Italy with your big hips and skinny waist, dark hair and beautiful skin. Then I hear you look just like your mother who is Irish English. I was so confused on who I looked like when I was younger. I was conflicted. As I got older I realized I looked very much like my mother. My father being Sicilian born in 1926 was called black Sicilian. Or the “n” word by the Italians. Italy looked at Sicilians as trash back then. And it carried to New York. The Sicilians stayed with their own. Now most of my friends who are Italian or Sicilian all their dads married Irish. They make gorgeous kids. Lol. I love this article and all your comments. I too want to have a DNA test to see what I really am. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was Greek in my heritage.

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  2. Reblogged this on The Anthropologii Lady and commented:
    Truth! I’m a Sicilian Italian with a smidge Irish, Scottish and English. I turned out dark olive with dark hair and dark eyes. The diabetes I got from the English part. Nonetheless- my family has suspected we are part African in our Sicilian roots. Truth be told we are a lot of things!

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  3. Hey, I live in Sicily and as far as i know i’m 100% sicilian (if this can be even considered an ethnic group lol). I agree with you with all the crazy variety of the gene pool we got down here in Sicily. Infact my mother has olive skin, dark brown hair and amber eyes and she’s very short; my father has pale skin, grey eyes and dark blonde hair, also he’s quite tall (almost 6′ 3”).As a result i have dark brown hair and brown eyes and pale skin which doesn’t go really well with the sun ( i burn instantly and i’ve been always nicknamed “mozzarella”). I guess i’m in the minority of those who buy sunscreen.

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    1. Oh wow! I thought I was the only person in Sicily who got called Mozzarella!!!! Even my son’s best friend, who has bright ginger hair, blue eyes and freckles, manages to get a little bit of a suntan in summer….

      It makes me feel a bit better there’s someone else suffering the same 😉
      But tell me, do they tease you when you are applying sunscreen on the beach?

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    2. My father came from villa Frank’s and my mother was from missouri Italian . I always said I was full blooded Italian now I’m not so sure. Never did the dna. So I could have black. Lebonesse etc. But I know I’m Italian so I guess I will live with that.

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  4. Both of my late grandpa’s grandparents were from Sicily. Both born near Palermo. So, naturally, he thought he was sicilian, and my dad thought himself half Sicilian. My grandpa had dark olive skin and black hair, and my dad also had black hair and olive skin, and would get very dark in the summer. So there wasn’t much of a question. But low and behold, I took a DNA test from Ancestry and found I’m only 3% Italian. Just as much as I am Jewish. And to my complete surprise I found I am 7% middle eastern, as well as 7% Spanish. I’m also 8% French, 65% British. The latter two do not surprise me. But the rest is a complete surprise. My Sicilian grandfather isn’t as Sicilian as he thought.

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    1. But everything you have listed is found in Sicilians, apart from the British part. Obviously the French DNA, to take an example, could be from a French ancestor, but could equally be from a Norman ancestor of 11th century Sicily. DNA can only give a snapshot, not a timeline. But any or all of that 35% of your DNA could have come from a Sicilian… And You would only get 25% from a grandparent. So grandad could definitely have been fully Sicilian!

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    2. as for the British , they also had a mix from the Vikings and Normans. which actually were Vikings themselves and also french and other groups like the Romans, which also were mixed, some may have also been from Sicily, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact location

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article! My mother is 100 percent Sicilian, both her parents immigrating from a mountain village called Lucca Sicula in western Agrigento province; my dad born in England and thinking he is British, just found out his great-grandfather was from eastern Sicily, near Catania! Mom is olive skinned, dark hair, almond eyes; dad is blonde, fair, and blue-eyed. Both are small and slender. I love my ethnicity!

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  6. Beautiful , I’ve got my parents from Pakistan.
    I was born in Italy in the Emilia Romagna region, near Modena city beautiful.
    I look like an Arab guy when Italians people look at me and see me speaking Italian they get shocked.
    North people are more complicate and south are simple people.
    And … Finally now I live in Manchester.
    I liked your post , Unfortunately there are some mafia people there but with this we can’t judge all the Sicilians , doesn’t matter just peace.
    Sogni d’oro.

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  7. All 4 grandparents are from Vizzini, a small province of Catania… so I assume lots of in-breeding..I am darkest in my family..olive skin, and aqua blue eyes..yes, when I was younger I stopped traffic.
    My brother and cousins have similar features..same eyebrows and eye shape, but hazel eyes…i am sure they hate me..lol..I spent lots of time in Greece and everyone assumed I was Greek.. they say, “one face, one race”.. I know alot of sicilians but none from the same town..I have never been to Vizzini cause I a. Afraid I won’t come back..hahahahaha..I assume I am big mix..my fathers family is very white and look Austrian..i look identical to my mom’s father..Seems he could be from the knights of Malta..I am very happy and proud to be Sicilian..the fact of my mixture makes me interesting.

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    1. I think you should visit Vizzini! So what if you never come back? 😉
      Have you tried tracing your family? It’s easy with Sicilians because you just need to find one relative in Sicily and they can introduce you to everyone else! 😃

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      1. You are soo cool ! A sicilian mother-in-law..wow..you have courage !!.. i miss my grandparents..they seemed so content with a simple life..so many things i didn’t ask them..like how they made wine, or canned tomatoes, or how they managed to take a knife to a piece of fruit and create a piece of art like a widdler.. its funny they came here in 1915 wanting to be in New York, and I would love to be in Sicily..but back to my roots..it is my mom’s parents I want to trace…my grandfather’s sister adopted a daughter and my parent’s visited her. I know she would help me
        .They say I look and act like his sister..his other siblings went to Argentina and Australia … I think spending time in the greek islands I felt a similarity to sicilian women..especially the elder widows all in black..aah, life is good.. its so cool that you jumped right in to this unusual culture

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      2. Thank you!
        Sicily is so beautiful and I feel very lucky to have lived there for so many years. It is such a pity Sicilians are still leaving the island in droves. A hundred years on, you still can’t get a job. Such a loss of talent for the island.

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      3. Sorry so many are leaving…also wondering about refugee problem..sicily is vunerable just sitting out there.. I read the “mafia” has sworn to keep sicily safe… Did you ever go to Vizzini ? Just west of syracusa..it is the home of the story of Cavaliere Rusticano Opera.. my grandfather took me to see the opera and said he knew the family of the real life story.. so much culture… so excited to read your blog…soo cute how you met your husband..still laughing about your mother in law and her chemicals..my mom was the same..I had to go outside when she cleaned…she even wiped down my school books..and it still smelled in school..lucky I had strong lungs..I only clean with vinegar and now realize why…but I must say you are a great story teller..I so enjoy you..my grandparents were born late 1890’s, they never went back.. sent their $$ to italy and Musillini came to power.. they told me I was crazy to go there..now that everyone’s gone except my mom, (93 with dementia) I find myself soo curious.. and no one to ask.. but I am the keeper of all the photos, documents, etc..

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      4. I don’t think Sicilians feel “vulnerable” to the refugees, but rather, just wish they had more to give them. My impression is that people’s sympathy for refugees diminishes the more distant they are from their suffering – both in terms of geography and of personal experience. Sicilians see their suffering with their own eyes and on the economic side of things, they share part of it too. I have never heard anyone in Sicily say anything negative about refugees. And that is one of the things about Sicilians that I deeply admire and try to take inspiration from.

        I had forgotten how the Mafia used to claim they were protecting the common man. It was part of their clever PR machine at one point. Nobody falls for that rubbish these days so they have stopped saying it.

        I haven’t been to Vizzini but I have been to Siracusa and explored that area a bit. I absolutely love it.

        Have you found my blog post about the sulfur mines yet? If you search sulfur you will find it. The farm workers and salt miners lived similar lives close to slavery. I think it is quite moving and an eye opener for people whose ancestors left Sicily and who don’t really get why they did, or why they were so certain they never wanted to go back.
        Although life has moved on, you still need to be a courageous and deeply resilient person to cope with what Sicily can throw at you.

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    2. OMG “Una facia, una razza”! Drives me NUTS when the Greeks say that because they think we made it up, but it was actually them lmao.

      Wouldnt be surprised about the inbreeding. Its super common in Southern Italy. Both my parents families have been traced back to living in the same towns they immigrated from in 1200 for my dad’s side, and 1600 on my moms side (my maternal grandparents are also 1st cousins and my paternal grandparents’ last names are derivitives of each other, so thats obvious enough lol).

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      1. Did you see the blog post where I discovered that my husbands parents were cousins? When I was about to give birth to our son. The conversation developed in such a way that I nearly fell off my hospital trolley laughing!
        But Einstein’s parents were cousins too, so we’re in good company! 😀

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  8. Well, I stand with the refugees..its horrible what has happened. Here I am helping with safe houses since our new Government is rounding up Mexicans like crazy. I lived in Mexico a few years..and I won’t let them down..I have been a busy activist at the moment and will not stop
    .my local sheriff says he will not participate in any round ups..Our recent election has stunned most of us..I live in Palm Beach, so Trump is my neighbor.
    No one feels secure, our democracy is slipping away…a dictatorship is on his agenda..but you just witnessed Brexit….lucky I have a strong faith and come from good strong people…as of today a group of 10 have supplied 22 safe houses that illegals can run to. On a better note I am sure your husband has funny experiences living in UK…about DNA. Do you suggest ancestry or the new one..i think 123& me ?

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    1. I am on AncestryDNA, FTDNA, and 23 and Me. They all have there good features but if I could only buy one- AncestryDNA. They have a lot of users on there and they also have a nice family tree feature that I prefer over the limited tree on 23 and Me. Make sure if you do a DNA test that you upload your raw data to Gedmatch. It is a free DNA service that has really cool features as well and you get direct emails to other users. The best part is Gedmatch is Free! It contains several DNA services under “one roof” so to speak. You can connect with others from AncestryDNA, 23 and Me, FTdna and a few others on that website.

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  9. Is anyone here Sicilian and Finnish? My father was born in Castellamare di Golfo and immigrated to NY in the 1960s. My mother was born in Finland and also came to NY. They met, married and had me and my brother. Its an unusual mix – my mother is very fair skinned, blonde and kind of quiet. My dad is one of the very dark Sicilians and he is kind of a tough guy. The Sicilian side of my family is generally very loud, they eat a lot, curse a lot, big on hand-gesturing, and are very huggy-kissy. The Finnish side is very nice, quiet, they eat bland foods, and are pretty reserved people. My grandmother was very bossy and my mom was pushed around a lot but my parents love each other very much and are still together to this day. They were married in 1972. Anyway, anyone know anyone with this combination? I’ve NEVER met anyone except my brother. Curious to know….

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    1. This story reminds me of an Italian film I saw when I had just got married, about a Scandinavian woman – I am pretty sure she was Finnish – who married a Sicilian and ended up living with the children in his very backward looking village. She had a terrible time and was never accepted by the locals, who regarded her as a loose woman for breaking a few social rules she had no concept of. I just wish I could remember the name of the film! But it was terribly sad, so maybe it’s better you don’t see it 😀

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      1. I have only seen some of the film, but could it be Stromboli by Rossellini? The protagonist is played by Ingrid Bergman, but I don’t think she portrays a Scandinavian character.

        I have only started reading your blog, but I can relate to a lot of what you are writing. My parents are Italian, my father was born and raised in a small town on the northern coast of Sicily. I spent a few years living there when I was a child and I go back every now and then.

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      2. I have seen that film, I think she is meant to be a north Italian? Can’t remember.
        Mega depressing anyway!
        I have been trying to Google search for the film I was talking about but I can’t remember the name of a single actor and haven’t jit upon the right search words! But I will let you know if I track it down.

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  10. I enjoyed this post. On my father’s side, his mother’s mother was from Palermo Sicily. She was a very short, dark, robust woman whose cooking would make your eyes water and stomach rumble. 🙂 I recently sent in my DNA to ancestry.com. I am anxiously waiting for my results. I love hearing about people’s history, it’s fascinating! Thank you for all the comments! I don’t know what I am expecting, it’s just nice to research where my family came from. 🙂

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    1. I did the ancestry test and it showed Italian, Arab, Greek, among other things. It’s very interesting! Since your great grandmother was a dark Sicilian, you may come up with some Arab and/or African.

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  11. My father was and his family were known as 100% sicilian, and my father was much darker than I am. Several friends have been shocked to see us in photographs together, because the difference is so large. Here he was with dark olive skin and black hair, and here I was looking like the palest thing to walk out of Iceland either longer haired and bright blue eyes (I actually had white hair growing up). I’d love to sometime soon test my DNA to see what kind of diversity is hidden within.

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  12. Thank you for your history lesson in Scilian genealogy. Very informative.

    My dad is 100% Italian/Sicilian. His mom was from northern italy, red hair, blues. We called her, Big Red, with great respect and admiration.

    In the summer time here in south Florida, my skin tone is, let’s say, deep brown. I seldomly sun burn or peel. I just leep getting darker. Sun screen? What’s that?

    Even when I’m not exposed to sun, i keep getting people asking me about my tan. In reality, it’s my natural pigment.
    I suspect Italian or Mediterranean genes are typically the dominate ones of a persons genotype and expressed by phenotype.

    I am proud of my ethnic heritage, regardless of all the derogatory comments i’ve been exposed to all my life.
    Thanks again for your insightful webpage. Nice job.

    I’d love to visit Sicily. I believe the village/town is Valedomo (sp?).

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    1. Your skin sounds like the same kind of skin my husband has, which I am so envious of!
      Maybe the area was Valledolmo? It’s a near Palermo. If so, there’s a genealogy website specifically dedicated to people from there which has put all the church records online.
      Valledolmo-genealogy.org

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  13. Great article! I’ll make it read to some Irish and American people I know, so stick to stereotypes that think that all Sicilians are short and dark (Even if I tell them that we have had invaders from everywhere!). There is to say (a personal thought based on history and experience) that those Sicilians who emigrated to the US over a century ago must have looked so dark because they all came from poor environments and were used to work in the sun the whole day and the whole year (farmers, fishermen, etc). That’s why many people were born fair of with an olive complexion but then their carnagione turned dark (I was surprised, for example, to hear that my grandma was called “Shirley Temple” when she was a child). In fact, now that the situation has changed, we see less very dark people in Sicily. As regards this genetic variety, I can see it in my family. My three female cousins on my father’s side are all different: the eldest has a pale-pinkish complexion with light brown hair and grey-blue eyes; the one in the middle is pale-(less)pinkish with blue eyes and fair hair, the youngest is really dark like her mother. My uncle is ginger with freckles. From my mother’s side, my female cousin looks like a Tunisian girl, while her brother like a Pole. I’ve been to NY and people thought I came from Iran/ Turkey (even people from those countries!) due to my carnagione, dark hair and facial features. Such a mess!

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    1. I bet you’re right about people looking darker because they were out working in the sun all the time. The fishermen all have a year round dark tan actually, even the blonde ones.
      After a year in England my poor Hubby looks so pasty, I shall have to start planning a nice holiday 😀

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  14. My Grandfather was sicilian and I think calaberes from what my Mom use to tell me. He Had extremely dark skin throughout the year but My Mom has light color skin and blonde hair; However, when she goes outside for a couple of days she gets extremely dark skinned. I am Very similar except My father is norweigen so I have brown hair that turns blonde in the summer and blue eyes. I am usually pale during the whole winter which is typical for norwegians and people of scadanavian descent but I get fiarly dark during the summer and fairly easily; Although not as much as my mother. This was a very interesting read for sure, I am a big history buff so I am familiar with the different occupants of the times but I picked up a few things I didnt know as well.

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  15. I am half Sicilian and half Irish, but people tell me I look 100 % Sicilian. I have dark brown hair with slight red highlights slightly olive skin and light brown, almost amber eyes. My Sicilian grandfather came from Leonforte in central Sicily, and my grandmother was from Castrogiovanni (now Enna) also in central Sicily. I have been to Sicily six times, and I have never seen a black, or very dark skinned Sicilian. Sicily has a lot of Norman and French blood. But, my wife’s family is 30 % Middle Eastern in their DNA. They were from Palermo Province, which has more Arab than Central Sicily has.

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    1. Interesting that you’ve never seen the dark Sicilians – whereabouts do you go in Sicily? In some areas I’ve never seen very dark people, notably the south East. But in and around Palermo you see a few very Arabic looking people – the girls usually stand out with their huge eyes and really fantastic hair.

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    2. I was just reading that the Celts brought a great deal of their DNA from southern France–that is, Mediterranean, characterized by dark hair and eyes, so, it’s not surprising you look “100% Sicilian.”

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  16. I’d like to comment on something someone commented on earlier–but, like, last year–when they said: ” and interestingly enough, the Napolianos looking down on the Sicilians as barbaric in comparison.” The family stories I heard report that my great-grandfather, (De Gregorio) who was from Naples, married a Sicilian woman (Virzi) and then his family disowned him! I think this might be why he left for San Francisco! I was surprised though. My question to anybody is, is it still like this? That was, after all, a hundred years ago.

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    1. I remember growing up and hearing my 4 Sicilian grandparents say stupid things like, well, he is from Calabria so he must be stubborn..or Italians from the north don’t know how to cook..they were just nieve..never traveled & didn’t know other cultures..I married a Sicilian American, but he was from Palermo..that still wasn’t good enough..oh well..

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  17. Great article, thank you. Both my parents are born and raise from Sicily, then move to Belgium, my 2 older sons are born in Sicily, one in Houston (TX) and the last one in Brussels (Belgium) I just did my DNA test, waiting on the result… so exited about it!!! Will see.

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  18. Great post to find–thanks! My Italian parents were Sicilian (mom) and Calabrese (dad). Several years back, I had my maternal DNA tested through the company (forgot name?) that Ancestry.com more recently bought out. I liked especially the “DNA map” feature they returned with the results several weeks later. I took everything with a grain of salt, of course, when looking at the purple-colored highlighting that was supposed to indicate where around the world my mom’s DNA had been not only most concentrated, but the journey that this route appeared to have taken. Seemed to indicate the highest concentration in Iceland (Iceland?!), with the other end beginning in extreme southeastern Asia–and in between, the route meandered some along southern Asia, then northward to northwestern Asia, across Scandinavia and Iceland, and then finally down through Italy to Sicily. My reaction? Well, first off, I chuckled to myself that it made sense if my highest maternal DNA concentration started in Iceland and went south, rather than the other way around–I thought, ‘Now what Sicilian with any common sense would’ve gone the other way, that is, decided to migrate north across Europe and the sea to freezing Iceland?!” :j Pretty interesting stuff.

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    1. Woops–correction to above–meant to write that the southern end of the DNA testing results indicated an origin in extreme southWestern, not southEastern, Asia. 😮

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