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The Sassienie Worldwide Family Website is themed on family history and the introduction of extended relatives past and present to Sassienie family members worldwide - which extends to the parents of spouses of hereditary family individuals of all branches.
There are several different versions of the family surname in this family tree. The names Sasine, Sasiene, Sasienie, sass, Sassiene, Sassieni, & Sassienie are variants of the original surname Sasieni within our family group. The tree with combined Koekoek, de Wolf, Fresco and Sasieni ancestors includes fourteen generations (2015) of family members originating from Venice - Italy and the Kingdom of Galicia in central Europe.
Sasieni family ancestors were Ashkenazi Jews and their origins have been traced to the early 1600s in Venice - Italy and Lemberg, which during the period was the capital of Galicia in Poland. History suggests that it is possible the Galicia branch had fled into the Saxony regions of Germany from Russia between 1223AD and 1240AD during the thirteenth century Mongol invasions of the Russian Principalities and later due to political and religious strives in Germany at various periods during the middle ages began residing in Lemberg sometime before the seventeenth century.
During the mid seventeenth century the Venetian and Galician family ancestors had immigrated to Amsterdam in Holland. They were known by the assumed surname of de Wolf, later to include the Sasieni families with close associations to the Fresco families.
The First Sasieni
The majority of European Jewish families did not use surnames until it became obligatory during periods according to the countries in which they lived, but most commonly at the beginning of the nineteenth century. In some European countries Jews were imposed to acquire family names as a preceding requirement for establishing citizenship status under the laws.
When acquiring family surnames became mandatory, those who already had existing assumed ancestral family names usually continued the same naming traditions (sometimes with variations) from generations to generations. This official using of surnames was especially prevalent within the Sephardic communities, however, as an indication of disapproval some families would assume any types of surnames, sometimes pertaining to an animal, an occupation or the name of a town merely as a formality rather than having intentions of continuing the surname throughout the family lineage.
Prior to the family ancestors immigration to Holland, their children assumed many different surnames and the direct ancestor of all Sasieni/Sassienie family members adopted the surname of de Wolf, literal meaning, a wolf or the wolf, which became a common surname in Germany and in central Europe, although they still mainly only used their first given names and the first names of their fathers as middle or last names.
The formal using of surnames became mandatory in Holland under Napoleonic Law after 1811. The mutual ancestor of all Sasieni family members was Wolf Jacob, born 1796, son of Jacob Salomon de Wolf, who later took advantage of this law to establish himself and family a preferred surname, other siblings assumed different surnames. Wolf Jacob become officially known as, Wolf Jacob Sasieni or Wolf de Jacob Sasieni. Wolf – his father’s last name, Jacob – his father’s first name and the surname Sasieni – probable meaning in Dutch, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ethnic and regional name from Middle Dutch Sasse, Polish Sas meaning Saxon or Saxony. The surname of Sasieni is probably a deviation meaning, coming from the regions of Saxony – Sasieni – Saxony, from whence they originated.
The first Sasieni on record was: Wolf Jacob Sasieni (1796 – 1869), born in
Amsterdam, Holland. He had eight children, three died in early childhood and
one child was still born.
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WOLF JACOB SASIENI was born 1796 in Amsterdam, Holland, and died 31 Jan 1869 in Whitechapel, London, England. He married DIENTJE (DINAH) KOEKOEK 20 April 1825 in Amsterdam, daughter of LEVIE KOEKOEK and SAARTJE SAMSON. She was born 1799 in Amsterdam, Holland, and died December 1881 in Whitechapel, London, England.
Occupation: porter, later joined the Dutch army in 1825.
DIENTJE (DINAH) KOEKOEK:
Children of WOLF SASIENI and DIENTJE KOEKOEK are:
JACOB SASIENIE, b. 05 February 1826, 27 Kerkstraat, Amsterdam, Holland; d. March 1889, Whitechapel, London, England; m. BOTJE (BETSY) SWAAB, 09 Apr 1850, Amsterdam, Holland; b. 26 Feb 1830, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 12 Jan 1882, Whitechapel, London, England.
Occupation: Cigar Maker.
BOTJE (BETSY) SWAAB:
Occupation: Cigar Maker.
RACHAEL SASIENI, b. 07 March 1827, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 30 September 1827, Amsterdam, Holland.
SAMSON SASIENI, b. 28 August 1828, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 16 May 1832, Amsterdam, Holland.
MOZES SASIENI, b. 28 December 1829, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 28 June 1830, Amsterdam, Holland.
LEVIE (LOUIS) WOLF SASIENI, b. 03 February 1831, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 28 February 1888, 5, Great Alie St, Whitechapel, London, England; m. VOLGELLINA (SOPHIA) COHEN, 05 Jul 1863, Great Synagogue, London, England; b. 1835, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 18 February 1910, Hackney, London, England.
Occupation: Cigar Maker.
MOSES (MOPPY) SASSIENIE, b. 28 April 1832, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 02 July 1922, Hackney, London, England; m. (1) YOTJE (JULIA) SPIER, 06 March 1863, Great Synagogue, London, England; b. 1838, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 12 April 1872, 16 Freeman Street, Spitalfields, London, England; m. (2) CLARA ELIAS, 03 May 1874, Great Synagogue, London, England; b. 1841, London, England; d. September 1911, Whitechapel, London, England.
Occupation: Club & Collector.
WOLF SASSIENIE, b. 27 January 1837, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 27 January 1837, Amsterdam, Holland.
SOLOMON WOLF SASIENE, b. 21 May 1839, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 31 December 1901, Mile End, London, England; m. REBECCA ZWART,
01 November 1865, Great Synagogue, London, England; b. 06 February 1842, Houtstraat, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 04 Octtober 1917, Mile End, London, England.
Occupation: Cigar maker.
Sassienie Family Tree
Woolf Jacob Sasieni had eight children, only four survived to adulthood, separating the Sasieni/Sassienie family tree into four branches.
Four brothers, Jacob, Levie, Moses and Solomon, four branches of the Sassienie Family Tree.
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