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  • Abigail Shapiro
    Abigail was born in Tampa, Florida to business owners Michelle and Eric Shapiro. She attended the Community Montessori School from two years old up until seventh grade. When she was 6 years old, she jo...
  • R' Aryey Leib Shapiro, A.B.D. Kovno (1789 - 1853)
    Hebrew Wikipedia Article רבי אריה לייב שפירא מקובנא . נודע כרבי לייבלע קובנער.נולד בשנת תקמ"ז באיוועניץ לאביו הגאון רבי מנחם זונדל שהיה רב העיירה איוועניץ.בן שש שנים התייתם מאביו וגדל אצל סבו , אבי אמו...
  • Benjamin Shapiro (1913 - 1993)
    Benjamin Shapira בנימין שפירא (born: 10 June 1913 – 1993) was an Israeli biochemist.Shapiro was born in Germany in 1913. He emigrated, with his parents, to the then British Mandate of Palestine (now Is...
  • Ben Shapiro
    Benjamin Aaron "Ben" Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney.A native of Los Angel...
  • Celia Mailer (1871 - 1945)
    Grave E 365Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa Source information Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957 (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, ...

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.