About Pagano Ebriaci, di Pisa
30 Aug 2013 - Note from J Harlow, Curator.
I have been searching for an authoritative reference to shore up my hypothesis that Pagano Ebriaci is the same person as Abū Saʿīd Khalaf...who in turn, I hypothesize, was a Jewish son of Yosef of Fustat.
I have been searching for nearly a year and I have come up empty - the texts I seek have not shown up in Israel or Rome.
I have disconnected this Ebriaci branch, from the Nagidim of Fustat, until we can locate the necessary texts to lend even the remotest credibility to Pagano being a troubled son of Yosef of Fustat; to date, no such texts have been received. The books in question are in private collections in Rome and Israel.
Pagano "Ebriaci" (?-1090), ancestor of the Ebriaci family, of Pisa, Italy. He is said to have been a son of Yosef de Fustat (see, e.g., Peerage.org, Descent of Hughes, and Maurice Boddy Pisa Families), but the connection seems uncertain. For a lead on the question, see the responses of Shawn Potter, One Possible Plantagenet Descent from Ancient Judea in soc.genealogy.medieval (Aug. 3, 2003), which suggests the name Ebriaci might derive from a Latin word meaning drunk rather than from the word Hebrew.
(This begs the question though, with a choice between Hebrew - a respected Biblical name - and Drunk, which would you choose as your family name?) Answer: many Italian surnames of the time have their origin in rude jests.