The Sopranos Family Trees
The extensive character backgrounds and relationships are fascinating, especially how they’re weaved into the plot. But like all series that have a ton of characters (such as Game of Thrones and The Wire), it’s hard to keep track of who knows who and how.
One of the main themes of the show is family so it makes sense to create the various family trees in the series. For this project I used Family Echo.
I’ve divided the family trees into 2 groups:
- The Aprile Family (1 family tree)
- The Greater Soprano Family (Soprano, DeAngelis, and Blundetto)
All names in gray are a deceased person.
Aprile Family Tree
- Giacomo “Jackie” Aprile Sr
- Giacomo “Jackie Jr.” Aprile Jr
- Adrianna LaCerva
- Richie Aprile
- Vito Spatafore
None of the Aprile family members are blood-related to the Greater Soprano Family members. There were 3 relationships that occurred between the 2 groups but none resulted in marriage or children. All these relationships ended because an Aprile was killed:
Vito Spatafore is Richie Aprile’s nephew, as is Jackie Jr. Adrianna is also Richie’s niece. Thus, Vito and Adrianna are both Jackie Jr.’s cousins. This would make them all cousins to each other.
First of all, it’s weird that they had Vito kill his own cousin. But most importantly, there’s a scene where Vito brags about Adrianna calling him “all the time” when Christopher was in rehab:
- Vito’s wife, Marie, is cousins with Phil Leotardo. I couldn’t much more information about the Leotardo family (formerly known as the Leonardo family) so I left them out of this post. Marie is played by Elizabeth Bracco, Lorraine Bracco’s (Dr. Melfi) real-life sister.
- In the first season, there’s an episode where Christopher (Michael Imperioli) shoots a pastry chef employee in the foot. Joseph Gannascoli, the actor who plays Vito in later seasons, plays a customer in this scene named Gino. This scene was inspired by Imperioli’s famous scene in Goodfellas:
The Greater Soprano Family
3 family trees that are all interconnected: Soprano, DeAngelis, and Blundetto.
Soprano Family Tree
This family tree consists of Corrado Soprano Sr’s descendants. Corrado Sr had 3 sons:
The 2nd born son, Ercoli (“Eckely”), was institutionalized and died shortly before Johnny. Johnny was the only son to marry (to Livia) and have children:
It’s never discussed in the show but in a deleted scene, it’s mentioned that Patsy and Philly (Patsy’s late identical twin brother) Parisi were Tony’s cousins on his mother’s side. That would also make Tony Blundetto related to Patsy as well (see Blundetto family tree).
A video of the above-mentioned scene (where this relationship was referenced) existed in the past on YouTube. Unfortunately, this video has been deleted and I cannot find it anywhere else recently.
If Tony and Patsy are related, that means Meadow and her boyfriend, Patrick Parisi, are also related:
DeAngelis Family Tree
This family tree starts with Carmela’s paternal grandparents. It is through Carmela that Tony is actually related to Christopher (more on this later). Carmela’s cousin is the late Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti, Chris’s father:
This makes Chris 1st cousin once removed to Carmela and 2nd cousin to Meadow and A.J.
It’s said, especially during the first few seasons, that Carmela has an unnamed sister. All that is mentioned is that she had “empty nest syndrome” (meaning she has children) and she went on Wellbutrin.
Carmela has a cousin named Brian Cammarata, who appeared in several episodes:
I wanted to put Brian in the tree but it’s never mentioned how he is related to Carmella.
Blundetto Family Tree
Tony B gets home from prison and gets a surprise welcome back party . At the party, Tony Soprano talks about their childhood and how they were distinguished from each other:
- Tony Soprano was called “Tony Uncle Johnny” because his father’s name was Johnny.
- Tony B was called “Tony Uncle Al” because his father’s name was Alfred.
Tony Soprano also mentions that Tony B was also called “Tony Uncle Philly” for a little while. I’m assuming that Quintina Blundetto was married or in a relationship with a man named Phil after her husband (Alfred Blundetto) died. Tony Soprano mentioned that Phil has also passed away. Since I couldn’t find anything about him, I left him out of the Blundetto family tree.
In the episode where Carmela’s father, Hugh, has a birthday party at the Soprano residence, Tony B is sitting and drinking with Joanne Blundetto, Christopher’s mother. He calls her “cuz” but this doesn’t make sense because Joanne is his aunt (his father’s sister).
Tony & Christopher’s Relationship
This often confusing, especially for new watchers.
Tony calls Christopher his nephew. He even says that they are blood. Neither of these 2 things are true:
- Explained in the DeAngelis family tree: Christopher’s father, Dickie Moltisanti, is Carmela’s cousin. Thus, Christopher is 1st cousins once removed with Carmela (not Tony) and 2nd cousins with Meadow and A.J.
- Explained in the Blundetto family tree: Christopher is 1st cousins with Tony B (through his mother and Tony B’s father). Tony Soprano is also first cousins to Tony B (through both their mothers). In other words, both Christopher and Tony Soprano are first cousins to Tony B, but not to each other.
- Dickie Moltisanti was a soldier in Johnny Soprano’s crew. He was very close to Tony Soprano, almost like a big brother. Because Dickie died while Chris was only a baby, Tony always looked out for Christopher and treated him like family.
However, there is an inconsistency. In one episode (I couldn’t find a video) right after Christopher dies, Tony refers to Christopher’s mother, Joanne, as his cousin in a dream session with Dr. Melfi:
“His mother, my cousin Joanne, a lush. Totally abandoned him as a parent, but now she’s reaping all the sympathy and the tears.”
I can’t find the scene but Adriana also says this to an FBI agent. She says that Joanne Moltisanti is Tony’s distant cousin from back “in the old country”. This could be true because people from small Italian villages, like Avellino, immigrated together to America.
There’s a good chance a lot of people in these villages were distantly related because of the small population size and lack of modern transportation. In one episode, Junior is under house arrest and is going stir crazy. He calls his parole officer and asks to go to the funeral of someone he claims to be a relative. The parole officer doesn’t believe him. Junior insists it is a relative because the whole village of Avellino settled in the Newark area so they had to be related somewhere down the line.