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This is a listing of Aboab's around the world who have sent me their information. If you are an Aboab, or a descendant of one, please send an email to me (DAbouav@yahoo.com) and I will add your information to this registrar. Be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Where you live
  • Detailed information about yourself and your family
  • A photo of yourself, or your family
Please also email me if you wish to add to, or update your information.
David Ariel Abouav
Location: Mountain View, California, USA
Email: DAbouav@yahoo.com


I am an engineer and live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife Jenny. My parents are Dan and Doris Abouav. Dan grew up in Haifa, Israel, and Doris grew up in Santiago, Chile. Her parents are Ernest and Ursula Schwarcz. Dan works in the computer industry and Doris works in real estate. I have an older brother named Michael, who also lives and works in the Bay Area. My wife is a social worker and works with developmentally delayed children and young adults.

My father's parents are Chaim and Judith Abouav (both deceased). They lived in Haifa, Israel for much of their lives. Chaim's father, Michael Abouav, was born in 1889 in Melas, Turkey and met his wife, Mary (Miriam) Joseph, in Ezmir, Turkey in 1910. Michael's family immigrated several generations before from Spain. Michael used to spell his last name "Abouaf", until he met some people from Safed who told him that it was actually spelled "Abouav". They told him that the spelling Abouaf came from the spelling in Turkish, as the old Turkish Alphabet did not have a symbol for the sound "v".

Chaim was born in 1914 and grew up in Turkey until he was 7. Chaim and his family (brother Jacob and sister Sara) then moved to Egypt for a couple of months, and then to British Palestine. Chaim met Judith Azoff in Haifa and they married. Their two children are Dan Abouav (my father) and David Abouav (my uncle). My uncle David lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Chaim's brother, Jacob Abouav, married a woman named Hana and lived in the Bay Area as well. He was a successful and well known heart surgeon. Unfortunately, Jacob died in 1991 from a heart attack. He and Hana had three children, Leora, Amnon, and Erela, who all live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Leora is married to David Zilberman and has 2 sons, Shai and Eitan. Erela has one daughter, Angela, and is married to Mike Collins.

Chaim's sister, Sara Abouav, married Joseph Laniado and lives in Israel near Haifa. They have a daughter Amalia and a son Isaac. Joseph died in 2006.

If anyone wants more specific info, feel free to contact me via email: DAbouav@yahoo.com

Michael Meir Abouav
Location: Campbell, California, USA
Email: mikeabouav@yahoo.com


I am the brother of David, the brilliant author of this website.  Being an Abouav is great, although I can no longer shop as Safeway because they take so long to figure out how to say my last name (i.e. "Thank you Mr. Abooooouuuuuhhhhav) that it has made me chronically late.  I live and work in the silicon valley, which I highly reccommend.  Single, no kids, but my mom (Doris) is hard at work setting me up with all of those "nice jewish girls" out there.

SIMON ABUHAB
Location: SÃO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL
Email: simon@incodiesel.com.br


Dan Abouav
Location: San Mateo, California, USA
Email: dnabouav@yahoo.com

Henry Ralph Abouaf
Location: Marina Del Rey, California, USA
Email: sandala12@earthlink.net


I am the son of Jack Abouaf {jacque} born in Milas, Turkey in 1895.   My father lived on the island of Rhodes from 1905 to 1911.  He immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, first living in N.Y. then Atlanta and finally settled in Vallejo. Ca.   My mother Renee Abouaf {Israel} was born in Rhodes in 1905 and lived there until 1925 when she too imigrated to the U.S,   We have three sons Jay, Cory and Keith.  We are very interested in family history and welcome all those who want to communicate to do so.

David Michael Abouav
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Email: david_in_melbourne@yahoo.com


I am the uncle of David, the brilliant author of this website. My wife Stephanie and I live In Melbourne, Australia. I run a group of IT related businesses and my wife is a Clinical Psychologist.

We welcome contact from any family branch members especially from those intending to visit Australia.

Marc Abouaf
Location: Harvard, Massachusetts, USA
Email: marc.abouaf@mines.org


I was born in Tunisia in 1953, and my father, Yom-Tow Abouaf was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1922.
I have one daughter Lucie Abouaf, who lives in Lyon, France, and two sons, Eric Abouaf who lives in Lyon, France, Isaac Abouaf who lives with me in MA.
More later...

Steve Gabai
Location: NJ, USA
Email: sgabai@hotmail.com


My great great grandparents were Haim and Rebecca Abouaf (Rebecca's maiden name was Carmona).  I don't know how many children they had, but their daughter, Bolissa/Behora, was my great grandmother.  She was born in Smyrna (now Izmir) Turkey around 1868.

Bolissa married Gershon (Behor) Algranati around 1890 and they lived in Izmir where they had 7, perhaps 8, children.

Most of the family, including Gershon, Bolissa and my grandmother, immigrated to the USA in 1920.

Marc Aboaf
Location: Kfar Saba (Israel)
Email: aboafmc@barak-online.net


My father Chaoul was born in Egypt, son of Adam born in Egypt but with Greek citizenship. The branch of my family came from Corfou, Greece.
I am living in Israel, married + 3.

Martin Aboaf
Location: Brandsen, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Email: martinab@scdplanet.com.ar


Grandparents: Cesare Aboaf (Milano,Italy) and Louisa Reinach (Milano, Italy)

Parents: Alejandro Aboaf ( born in Firenze, Italy: 16/06/1928) dead December 1990, and Marta Petit de Murat (born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 28/06/1933) (dead in January 1991)

Myself: Martin Aboaf Petit de Murat (born in Mexico City in 23/06/1957) and living in Brandsen Argentina, married with Nannina Meoli (born 13/11/1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Sons: Nicolas Aboaf (born in Argentina 24/03/1984) and Federico Aboaf (born in Argentina too, in 29/09/1987).

Leorah Abouav-Zilberman
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Email: leorahle@attbi.com


My father's name was Jacob Abouav, and my mother is Hana Abouav (she lives in Berkeley). My sister's name is Erela Abouav-Collins and she lives in Redwood City. She has a daughter,Angela Marie Drago, also of Redwood City. I have one brother,Amnon Abouav, who lives in San Rafael. Dani you know all this information already.

My husband is David Zilberman originally from Jerusalem.

My grandparents were Michele and Miriam Abouav, originally from Izmir, Turkey. My grandparents settled in "Israel" when my father was an infant.

I have family in Israel. Check out Dani's information.

NISO NEDIM ABUAF
Location: ISTANBUL -TURKEY
Email: nedim@reis.com.tr


HI ,
I HAVE RECEIVED THE WEB SITE NAME FROM MY COUSIN WHO LIVES IN NEWYORK ) HIS NAME IS ALSO NISO ABUAF .
WE ORIGINALLY COME FROM SPAIN ABOUT 500 YEARS AGO ,SINCE THAN WE LIVE IN TURKEY .MY GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER PASSED AWAY MANY YEARS AGO .MY UNCLE ALSO PASSED AWAY FEW YEARS AGO .MY FATHER IS 78 AND MOTHER 63,I HAVE A SISTER WHO IS 40 AND MY SELF 45 ,I HAVE A SON 17 YEARS OLD .I GUESS THERE ARE ABT.10-15 ABUAF FAMILILIES LIVING IN TURKEY .
WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ABUAF FAMILIES WORLD WIDE .
MORE LATER ....
KIND REGARDS
NISO NEDIM ABUAF

Anthony Wozencroft
Location: Kent, England
Email: anthony.wozencroft@sky.com


Should anyone be interested or connected in any way to my Abouaf family in Izmir Turkey, please make contact. The information I have is as follows:

The family name on my mother's side is ABOUAF. My mother Lucy was born in Smyna as were her sisters Diana and Rose between 1895 and 1906, they left for Cairo Egypt in 1910. My grandparent's names were :

Albert Abraham Abouaf ( 1866-1940) and
Fortunee (Mazaltov) Enriques (1879-1937) both died in Bexleyheath Kent England.

Following the male line:

Albert was the son of :
Yossef Yaacov Aboav (1827-1904? 1910? "guevir" known as the rich man) and
Esterula Melamed (1835 - ?).....both born in Smyna.
Yossef (Joseph) and his brother Mordehai made important and generous donations to some instutions in Smyna and Israel committing these institutions to make religious ceremonies in their names.

My grandfather Albert's siblings were:

Nissim Haim Abouav (1853-1936)...occupation broker.
Shemuel Abouav (1857-1931) " "
Biniamin Abouav (1861- ?) " "
Rosa Abouv (1880?- ?)

My great grandfather Yossef' was the son of:
Haim Abouav(1790 ?- 1870 ?) d. Smyna and
Zinbul ? (1793 ? - 1873 ? d. Jerusalem)

My great great grandfather Haim's father and mother were:
Yossef Abouav (1760?-?)
Reina (1770?-?)

I have names of other members in the family tree but I hope that someone can maybe add to the family history.

Norma Yaskoir
Location: Queens, NYC, NYS. USA
Email: Crochetnyc5@netzero.net


My great-grandparents were Saraf Abuaf and Bohor Alejandro Caballero.  They lived in Izmir, Turkey.

My grandparents were Samuel Caballero (b. 1988) and Regina Abulafia (b. 1985) from Izmir, Turkey.  They emigrated to Argentina in 1920.  Settled in Villaguay, Entre Rios and later moved to Santa Fe, Santa Fe.  They had 4 children, Julia (b. 1921), Victoria (b. 1923), Rafael (deceased at 6 y.o.), and Rafael.

My mother was Victoria Caballero, married to Jaime Goldbort.  They were born in Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 1956.  They had 4 children, Ruben (b. 1944), Norma (me)(b. 1946), Robert (b. 1949) and Diana Goldbort (b. 1957).  Ruben lives in L.I., NY, I live in Queens, NYC, my father lives in Hallandale, Fla., my sister Diana lives with him, my brother Robert lives in Indiana.  My mother passed away in 1997.  My mother's sister Julia had one daughter, Sara Cristina Aguilar, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Rafael had one adopted son.  Rafael died in Santa Fe, Argentina.  Julia died in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I have one son, Jason Yaskoir, who lives in Queens, NYC.

My brother Robert has 4 children, Raechel, Jonathan, Sara and Julia Goldbort. 

My brother Ruben has two children, Jeffrey and Melanie Goldbort.

Samuel Caballero, my gf, had 12 siblings.  His mother died and his father remarried.  I don't know which of the 12 siblings were from Sara Abuaf and which were from the second wife.  I know that half the siblings must be much younger than him, since they were born after he went to Argentina.  At that time he was 32 years old.  Here is a list of the siblings and where they migrated to:
Rosa Caballero - Argentina
Leon Caballero - Argentina
Jacobo Caballero - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sister - Brazil
Brother - France
Brother - France
Brother - Argentina
Sister - stayed?
Sibling - stayed?
Sister - Argentina
Brother - Israel
Brother - Israel
The only one that I ever met was Jacobo, who lived in Buenos Aires, and I remember he had a son.  I know nothing about the rest of th

Lucille Fortunee Abouaf Gentry
Location: Martinez, California, USA
Email: lfg1999@aol.com


Father:  Albert Isaac Abouaf (Aboaf) Born Milas, Turkey
Mother:  Marguerite Rebecca (Ades) Roditti Born Cairo, Egypt
Paternal Grandfather:  Raphael Abouaf  Born Milas, Turkey
Paternal Grandmother:  Clara (Alhadeff) Abouaf  Born Rhodes
Children:  Eric Charles Barnhart, Charlie Albert Ceresa

Gary Alan Rothman
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA. USA
Email: grothman@cox.net

My mother's maiden name is Pearl June Pizante, her mothers maiden name is Fortunee Abouaf from Rhodes.

Jeremy Aboab-Leidstar
Location: Asuncion -Paraguay
Email: jeremyyal@mixmailt

ola,hello, I am 60 years old, unmarried, no living relatives, and living at present in Paraguay. Totally fascinated to discover this site ( on 12th June 2003 ).

My mother was a Sasportas Aboab-Leidstar born in Istanbul but left with her parents for New Zealand when she was 4 years old ( 1913 ) due to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, from there she later went to study in Belgium where she married my father, a British national from the Barbados community, moving to live in Italy ( near Messina ) in 1933. I was born in the UK where my mother had taken refuge, but we left for Brazil ( Rio de Janeiro ) in 1943. My father joined us in 1946 and we eventually settled in the state of Minas Gerais ( near Sabara ). In 1960 my family left Brazil settling in Portugal, moving on from there two years later. My father died in Tokyo in 1975 and my mother in Mexico City in 1979.

I studied in Lisbon, Portugal ( 1960-62 ) in Milan, Italy( 1962-64 )and in Amsterdam, Netherlands ( 1964-67 )  then lived in the Azores, France and Portugal, coming to Paraguay five years ago and hope to live again in Brazil  as soon as possible. I am a painter.

My maternal grandparents were Hugo Sasportas Aboab-Leidstar born in Paris, but the family had lived continuously in Izmir after settling in Turkey from Amsterdam ( Aboab ) and Stockholm ( Leidstar ) in 1700, later constituting there a dynasty of diplomats representing Holland and Sweden, but leaving about 1870 for Budapest then Paris, and Violette Deller born in Corfu, where her grandfather had settled from Poland while her mother's family had lived on the island since the first dispersion. My grandfather died in Athens in 1932. I would enjoy greatly communicating with anyone Aboab/and all its variations, so really hope to hear from somebody, pode escrever em portugues se quiser, je mag in het Nederlands schrijven als je wil, vous pouvez bien ecrire en francais si vous voulez, si puo scrivere in italiano se vuole etc.,etc.....my best wishes to you all, Jeremy Aboab-Leidstar