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  • Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (1929 - 2009)
    Article by: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (Hebrew: איליה פיאטצקי-שפי�...
  • Kalonymus Kalmish Shapiro (1889 - 1943)
    Kleunemes Schapira was born in Warsaw in 1898 to Elimelekh and Khana. He was a rabbi and married. During the war he was in Warsaw, Ghetto. Kleunemes perished in Warsaw, Ghetto. records global 1 H...
  • Karl Jay Shapiro (1913 - 2000)
    Karl Jay Shapiro (November 10, 1913 – May 14, 2000) was an American poet. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946. Karl Shapiro was...
  • R. Levi Isaac Shapiro, A.B.D. Kamien (deceased)
    The yizkor (memorial) book for Kamien-Koszyrski (1965) says (in translation): "... Kamen-Kashirskiy was in the care of Kovel's Rabbi Ya'acov Arieh. The Rabbi of Kovel, about 150 years ago, had two so...

About the Shapiro surname

Shapiro (also Schapiro, Shapira, Spiro, Spira, Schapira etc.)

Is a Jewish last name, taken by fomer residents of the city of Shpeyer in Bavaria (XI-XIV centuries), one of the most important Jewish religious centers of Europe at that time.

The community was reportedly destroyed by the crusaders and its members spread all over eastern-central Europe (Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Bohemia, etc.).

Also, the word shapira in Aramaic means "something beautiful", from the hebrew word "sapir" or safire.

Shapiro is one of three Ashkenazic last names that have a known "yichus" (credible family line) as Kohanim, members of the Jewish priestly clan, descendants of Aharon, Moses brother and first high priest.

It must be noted that, while being a Shapiro doesn't automatically render you a kohen (you must have a 3-generation family tradition), it does mean you have a high chance of being one.