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Shealtiel Family World Association - Family Tree Collaboration Project

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Welcome to all Shealtiel, שאלטיאל, Σαλτιέλ, Сальтьель, Saltiel and Sealtiël cousins, whichever of the dozens of different ways that your branch has spelled its name! Welcome also to members of the familes descended from our common ancestors, including the Charlaps, who separated from the Shealtiels in the 1000s; and the Gracians or Hens who separated from the Shealtiels in the 1300s.

The name Shealtiel is Hebrew and commonly translated as "asked of God". It is first recorded in the Bible as the name of a son of the last King of Judea. Much of the family remains Jewish, but we embrace people of all colours and creeds. Today, our family numbers approximately 2500 people, with over six hundred households in thirty nations—and we're still finding more. For more information, please visit our Shealtiel Family World Association web site at Shealtiel Website or our Facebook page at Saltiel Family Facebook Page.

You can also find a great deal of information on the family in the fascinating and pioneering book written by our cousin Moshe Shaltiel-Gracian, entitled Shaltiel: One Family's Journey Through History. For historians wishing to dig a little deeper into the record, Moshe has also published The Shaltiel Manuscripts: Catalunya. Lastly, a fictionalized account of Moshe's research, from the time of King David, can be found in his novel The Exilarch.

Our project here on is meant to provide a platform for collaboration on a Geni family tree recording the Shaltiel, Shealtiel, Gracian and related families from Crete, Livorno, North Sea, Spain and other regions. Many members of the extended Saltiel family have entered their branches onto Geni aready; our objective is to enter additional branches of the tree and to connect all known Saltiel branches to the best of our knowledge. To accomplish this task, cooperation of all family members on Geni is needed!

The current family has three known main lines with various sub-branches: from the North Sea ports, the Levant, and the Danube valley, with links between them certain but as yet undocumented. All the descendants are part of a Sephardic— that is Spanish-Jewish— family from Barcelona and environs which left before the expulsions of1492-7. W e are variously known as Chaltiel, Chartiel, Saltiel, Sealtiël, Sealtiël, Shaltiel and Shealtiel, all derived from the Biblical Hebrew name spelled שאלתיאל.

Documentary, anecdotal and DNA evidence has confirmed that the Shealtiel family is a branch of a much larger family descending from the Bablonian Exliarchs, including the ibn Yahya and Charlap families. One of the objectives of our collaboration is to fully map the known connections between these far-flung branches.

You are very welcome to contact Adam Brown.

Founders of Modern Day Lineages:

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"North Sea" Line (AB-059 G-L140-CTS5990 G-Z3428): Isaac Saltiel of London

"Danube" Line: Reuben Saltiel of Budapest

"Hans Bechor" Line (AB-180 J1-PF4832/Z2381): Yosef Moshe Behor Saltiel of Salonika

"House" Line:

"Istanbul" Line: [add Simon Saltiel of Istanbul]

"Moise-Paris" Line (brother of "House" line): [add Moise Saltiel of Paris]

"Salonica" Σαλτιέλ Line: [add Rabbi David Saltiel of Salonica]

"Graziani Line" (R1b1a2): Graziani Family of Italy

"Graziani Line of Cannakale, Turkey": Salamia Graziani See also: Shmulik Graziani's Web Site

"Yomtov Saltiel Line" (J2a4): Yomtov-Mazeltov Saltiel Descendants

"Algeria Branch": Isaac Saltiel b. 1875 Salonika > Algeria

Brazil Branch: Clemens Ernst Georg Saltiel

Major Surnames


The Shealtiels have a traditional claim of descent from the Biblical King David. The name first occurs in the Bible and subsequently in 1097, when it appears on the earliest Jewish tombstone to be found in Spain.

The name appears in the records of Aragon (north-eastern Spain) until the Jews were expelled in 1492. After the 1390s, the family is found first throughout the Mediterranean and then in Europe and eventually wherever Europeans have settled.

The most common alternative spellings are Salathiel (though this sometimes comes directly from the Bible), Salatiel, Saltel (click for the family’s web page), Saltell, , Saltial, Saltiel, Saltiél, Σαλτιέλ,שאלטיאל, Сальтьель, Schaltiel, Scialtiel, Scieltiel, Sealthiel, Sealtiel, Sealtiël, Seltiel, Shaaltiel, Shalltell, Shaltiel, Shaltieli, Shealthiel, Shealtiel, Sjaltiel and Sjealtiel. Derivations include Chaaltiel, Chaltel, Challtelli, Chaltiel, Chartiel, Cheltiel, Saltelli, Saltellus, Salter (though this is generally unconnected with our family), Saltijeral, von Saltiel and Xaltiel.


Gracian is Spanish for “Grace”. In the 1300s, individuals in the Spanish Jewish family of Shealtiel were given this name. This gave rise to a distinct family known as Gracian or Hen (the Hebrew for grace), joining with the Shealtiels in their traditional claim of descent from the Biblical King David. The name then appears in the records of Aragon, north-eastern Spain until the Jews were expelled in 1492. After the 1390s, the family is found first throughout the Mediterranean and then in Europe and eventually wherever Europeans have settled.

The alternative spellings known to us are;

Gracian, Gracián, Graciani, Graciany, Grazian, Graziani, Graziany, Grazziani, Grazziany, Grasiany, Grasiani, Grassiani, Grasianni, Grassiany, Grassianny, Gratzyani, Gratziani, Gratsiani, Gratsiany, Gratsyani, Gratciani, Gracyani, Gratsani, Gratsiyani, Graziano, Grazziano, Grazianno, Graciano, Grasiano, Grassiano, Gracyano, Grasyano, Gratsiano, Gratian, Ghratyan, Gratianus, Gratianj, Gratianis, Grazianis, Gratiani, Gratiano, de Gratianis, Grasian, Grassian, Grassián and Grazianelli.

One derivation is Granot. Hen also appears as Chen and Chein.

The name also has an independent Tuscan origin. This dates from 1232, when Giacomo Graziani led the Florentine Republic.


Thank you to Helga Heilbut for information on the Heilbut family, descendants of family member Benvenide Saltiel.