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  • R' Aryey Leib Shapiro (1789 - 1853)
  • Harold Tafler Shapiro
    Harold Tafler Shapiro, Ph.D (born June 8, 1935) is a former president of Princeton University and of the University of Michigan. Biography[edit] Born in Montreal, Quebec Harold Shapiro attended Low...
  • 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...

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.