Britney Spears, born Britney Jean Spears (December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Her grandmother Lilian Irene Portelli was an English immigrant, of part-Italian Maltese descent.
Sicilians are darker than Northern Italians, their ancestry reflecting a mixed heritage of peoples passing through the island. The Greeks, the Moors, the Normans and the Romans were among these peoples whose presence helped to create what we now think of as Sicilian culture.
Sicilian (u sicilianu) is neither a dialect nor an accent. It is a not a variant of Italian, a local version of Italian, and it's not even derived from what became Italian. In fact, in truth, Sicilian preceded Italian as we know it.
There is also the matter of physical appearances. You would find that there are many Sicilians with brown hair and dark eyes but a significant number having red or blondish hair and blue eyes - albeit rather few with extremely light blonde locks. Fashion is fickle and highly individualistic, even among young people.
Hello – Ciao
Just being able to say 'hello' in the native language can help to make a great impression.
Trinacria – the three-legged symbol of Sicily
Triskelion is also a common name for the symbol of Sicily. It originates from the Greek “three-legged” and it obviously refers to the three bent running legs, whose meaning is not at all clear.
Sicily, Italian Sicilia, island, southern Italy, the largest and one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with the Egadi, Lipari, Pelagie, and Panteleria islands, Sicily forms an autonomous region of Italy. It lies about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Tunisia (northern Africa).
While individuals having extremely light blonde hair represent only a small part of the Sicilian population, many Sicilians have blue or green eyes and light complexions (and red hair).
Grande is of Italian descent, and has described herself as an Italian American with Sicilian and Abruzzese roots. She has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, who is an entertainer and producer, and she has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande.
Even today, the small population of redheads in Sicily are referred to as “normanne”, or Normans. So the Normans, led by Roger I, transported the gene to Sicily, “and it spread across Italy from there,” said Rosso, who estimates a red-headed population of just one percent in the whole of Italy.
Louise Veronica Ciccone, who in a daring way wanted to be called “Madonna”, born of Italian parents from Abruzzo in the province of L'Aquila, was born in Detroit, Michigan. The parents had left the charming town of Pacentro, building in USA a family with eight children.
Pacino's father, Salvatore Pacino, is also from Sicily, to be more precise from San Fratello, in the province of Messina, which completes the Sicilian background of Al Pacino. The legendary actor was once quoted as saying: “In America, most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian.
The Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus or Canis lupus lupus), also known as the Apennine wolf, is a subspecies of grey wolf native to the Italian Peninsula. It inhabits the Apennine Mountains and the Western Alps, though it is undergoing expansion towards the north and east.
The flag is bisected diagonally into regions colored red, the colour of Palermo and yellow, the colour of Corleone. These are the two cities that started the revolution of the Sicilian Vesper.
If you've been in Sicily at least once you must have noticed a white flower with a sweet-spicy scent inside Sicilian gardens or balcony. Well, that's the Plumeria, also known as Frangipani or Pomelia, as they call it around here.
Pasta con le Sarde (pasta with sardines) is the national dish of Sicily, in which the tradition of Italian pasta meets the Mediterranean island's seafood-focused cuisine.
How to Say “Princess” in Italian – Principessa.
Trùoppu Bedda/u – Beautiful
So beautiful in Sicilian is Trùoppu Bedda – if your partner is female or identifies as such – and Trùoppu Beddu – if your partner is male or identifies as such.
Christianity was introduced to the Island soon after the origin of the religion. Almost all Sicilians are Roman Catholic. Devotion to Mary in her maternal role is particularly strong, and she, as well as saints such as Joseph, Agatha, Anthony, Lucy, and Rosalia, are revered as intercessors.
According to this ranking, the surname "Rossi" is most common in Italy, counting around 90,000 people.