Several years ago I was on business in Rome and saw a shop with the name "Tedeschi" on it. Of course I went in and said that's mine name too. But they didn't speak English and I didn't speak Italian. I do know Spanish pretty well so managed to get a little out of the conversation. She told me that in Italy "Tedeschi" is a Jewish name. But all my family are Catholics. Anyone know when or how it changed and how common in Italy? Also she told me it originates in Southern Italy, but I always figured because it mean Germans it came from Northern Italy. Any information would be greatly appreciated.