(Ynet News) Years of research have thrown new light on the origins of 12 prominent family names — and 4,000 surnames in total — typical of Jewish families who were expelled from Spain 528 years ago, most of whom are no longer aware that they are actually of Jewish origin:
The study by Dr. Mordechai Nelken and the Union Sefaradi Mundial is replete with sources on each family name, tracing how it has been forgotten and assimilated into the wider world over the years.
Some of the names in the study were known to be prevalent in both Jewish and Christian families alike even before the expulsion.
Yet the descendants of many Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity and who assimilated into the local population in Spain and Portugal still bear these names without being aware of their Jewish roots.
According to the study, one exception is the name Salón (which comes from the word shalom), due to the fact that no Christian family bore that name. This means that every single person who bears this name today is a descendant of Jewish families from before the expulsion.
“People were very afraid of the Spanish Inquisition and tried to obscure any external Jewish signs, but inside their homes some continued with the old traditions,” says Nelken.
“To this day this can be seen mainly in families living in towns in north-eastern Portugal. Most of them are from a small town called Belmonte. It can also be seen in Spain and the island of Mallorca.”
The 12 Jewish names that Nelken discovered are quite common among citizens of Spanish-speaking countries.
And although some of them were also used by the Christian population before the expulsion, Nelken believes that many who carry these names today are actually descendants of Jewish families.
“These are familiar surnames carried by famous people who probably do not even know their origin,” says the president of the Union Sefardi Mundial, Prof. Shimon Shetreet.
Research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics a decade ago analyzed the Y chromosome in 1,140 males from the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands, and found a “high mean proportion of ancestry from North African (10.6%) and Sephardic Jewish (19.8%) sources.”
“Take the name Castro,” says Shetreet, who served as religious affairs minister under Yitzhak Rabin.
“We know it from Fidel Castro. It is a surname that was typical during the expulsion of Spain specifically for Jews of Spanish descent, and characterizes the Jews who lived in all kinds of Spanish cities that housed Jewish communities during the medieval period, such as the cities of Castro Urdiales and Castro del Río.”
Another name that emerges from the study is Acosta. Today this is not a known as a Jewish name, but was very common among the Jews of Spain before the expulsion.
…Another ancient Jewish surname that came up during the study is the name Navarro or Navaro.
According to the findings of the Union Sefardi Mundial, during the Middle Ages important Jews lived in the ancient kingdom of Navarro, and there is evidence that Jews bearing the family name Navarro lived in pre-expulsion Spain…
Other family names who were found by the study and attributed to Jews are Duran, Espinosa, Leon, Medina, Ferreira, Rojas and Aliba.
While the bearers of these names today are not Jewish, the Union Sefardi Mundial insists that according to their in-depth genealogical research, the origin of at least some of the names are indeed Jewish…
According to Shetreet, the research was carried out in order to assist Jews who want to check their eligibility for a Spanish and Portuguese passport.
“According to the various sources and information we have collected, there are about 4,000 last names,” says Shetreet.
According to Shetreet, “it is estimated that during the expulsion from Spain, about two-thirds of Spain’s Jews converted to Christianity while one-third were exiled to other countries. Most of them sought to disappear so their presence would not be felt.”
The head of the Union Sefardi Mundial, Anat Levi-Kaplan, says the results of the research surprised her and that the organization intends to contact all the famous personalities who bear these surnames and update them on their Jewish roots, while recommending to them to come and find out more.
“It’s important for everyone to know where they come from,” says Levi-Kaplan.
“It shapes our identity, present and future. It is important for us to continue to tell the story of the heritage of the Jews of Spain, and to revive the heritage of those who are unaware of their roots.”
It’s amusing to hear this ‘expert’ acknowledge that these 4,000 names are Jewish, but none of the people who have those names are Jewish — typical Talmudic double-speak.
If two-thirds of Spain’s Jews converted to Christianity and were genetically absorbed into the general Spanish population 600 years ago, it is highly probable that the vast majority of Spaniards today have some Jewish blood, especially those who have lived in urban areas that attract Jews.
And virtually all the ‘Spanish’ Europeans who settled in the New World inter-mixed with the Jews and converso Jews who fled Spain after the Inquisition.
There were so many crypto-Jews in Mexico at one point that they had their own Inquisition to root out ‘insincere’ Jewish conversos — and early on the Catholic Church bemoaned the vast number of Jews who had settled in Cuba.
As with Spain, the simple arithmetics of exponential genetics suggests that virtually every Mestizo in or from Mexico today has some Sephardic Jewish blood in their veins.
This lack of pure Spanish bloodlines in the New World goes far to account for why civilization in Latin America has fallen far behind Europe and the U.S.A.
And given that Jews have admitted that they’ve been instrumental in flooding the U.S.A. with their Mestizo brethren, it will ultimately benefit the Jews that in the near future they can openly declare this racial affinity with the tens of millions of Mexican now squatting in America.
And it also means that hundreds of thousands of ‘Spanish’ people can now qualify for automatic EU citizenship in Spain and Portugal merely by claiming Jewish ancestry — even though none of their ancestors have lived there for at least 600 years.
Perhaps there is much more to Woody Allen’s film “Bananas” that we originally thought:
What about the surname “Franco”? Time was that this one was considered Sephardic, and linked to a certain believer in Authoritative government. Yet the Caudillo was a strong supporter of Western-Catholic-Christian heritage. Not all were Bolcheviki like “Castro.”
The Franco surname is listed in many Sephardic genealogical texts.
Check: Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv called: Beit Hatfutsot
I’m almost certain your surname will be listed in their database – check the ‘Pedigrees’ as well.
Email me if you like. My Phd Thesis was all about the Sephardic origin of my ‘Pimentel’ surname. I did a copious amount of research around the Sephardic origin of many Portuguese surnames – and I included a few Spanish Sephardic surnames as well, but not in depth at all. I used the backdrop of the Portuguese inquisition as my ‘thesis co-theme’ as well, Needless to say, I had to keep the focus of my dissertation ‘tight’ to avoid going too far afield, and lose my focus (it’s very easy to get off track.
Meh, names can be adopted either way. It’s common in various cultures for peasants to adopt the names of the more powerful groups. Chinese peasants used to do this, for instance.
There are many obviously non-Jewish blacks in Brazil with the last name ‘Silva’. Silva is a common name for Jews in the Spanish Empire, yet no one thinks that full-on Bantu named ‘Silva’ are Jewish.
There’s really no way to tell about mixed ancestry. It’s one thing to claim that everyone in Latin America has Jewish blood, but remember that Jews are a tiny minority group. In the last century they have, apart from the Ashkenazi Orthodox/Hasidics/etc, low birthrates. Their genes would get swallowed up in the larger gentile gene pool pretty easily. 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64… at this point, the Jewish contribution is almost irrelevant.
I’d worry more about the outright Sephardics who run countries like Honduras for their own benefit. The only scenario where this might be a problem is if it is used to allow mass immigration to Europe.
Tell me any Christian thats adopted a Jewish name that can live in Israhell?
2 Portuguese people converted to Judaism in Portugal.
LISBON, Portugal (JTA) – Conservative rabbis performed what were being called the movement’s first conversions to Judaism in Portugal.
A rabbinical court, or beit din, of three judges, on April 26 in Lisbon recognized Juliana Fernandes da Silva and her life partner, Edgard Pimentel, as Jews.
so there you go.
In 1497 the population of Portugal was 1,000,000……out of that, roughly 200,000 were Jews – they came from Spain. A few thousand Jews left, but the majority were forcibly converted to Christianity. As such, roughly 1/5th of the Portugal’s population was Sephardic Portuguese.
As New Christians, there was a great deal of intermarriage between them and the Christian Portuguese. Over the centuries the bloodlines became very mixed. It is estimated that possibly 80% of the Portuguese people today have Jewish ancestry. And many Portuguese surnames are such as: Pereira (Pear Tree), Pimentel (Pepper Field), Oliveira (Olive Tree), Flores (Flowers) etc., became so popular among the Portuguese Jews, just like the Ashkenazi Jewish surnames of: Rosenthal (Valley of Roses), Birnbaum (Pear Tree), Bloomberg (Mountain of Flowers) etc., which even nowadays, one automatically relates them as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames. The Ashkenazi Jewish history is relatively recent, especially information about their surnames, whereas the Sephardic surnames go back hundreds of years, and so one has to work a little bit harder. If you dig deep enough, you’ll be rewarded with many clues. It depends how motivated you are to research.
In any case, it is well known that Jews, both Sephardic and Ashkenazi, had a penchant for names that relate to the natural world.
Germany is core Christian Israelite – the basic heartland of all lost and none-lost tribes of Israel. The farther you move away from Germany, the percentage of real children of Israel (not modern Jews) within the main populace decreases rapidly. Spain, Italy and Portugal are heavily judaized, same as the east (Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine etc.).
Interesting theory, but what’s your evidence for this? Christianity came to England 900 years before it came to the German people. There is persuasive evidence that the British (B’rith Ish = people of the covenant) are indeed the Tribe of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh).
Modern DNA genetic tracing shows 50% of all British peoples are descendants of Egyptian ancestors.
Dan, can you give links to these studies about Egyptian DNA in the British peoples? I know that King Tut’s DNA showed he was western European, but that’s entirely different from what you are alleging here.
There’s probably still a White remnant left in northern Spain, like the Basque, but it’s small. Both the Portuguese and the Spaniards dominated the world at one time, incredibly wealthy nations, but both succumbed to race mixing–and they’ve both been mediocre economically and culturally ever since….a warning to the rest of Europe.
Jews tend to change their name in order to sound “less jewish”, so I have my doubts about this “Jewish Spanish surnames” thing
You missed the point, I think. If you read the original source, it gives examples of their original Sephardic Jewish names, such as Dayan, Avraham, Ben David, and Ben Moshe–which they changed to more Spanish-sounding names like Castro and Silva. They did the same thing in Germany, etc.
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The same probably applies to those renamed unmder the edict of tolerance 1782
” In January 1782 the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. enacted a new law, called the Edict of Tolerance. It’s main goal was integrate his Jewish subjects fully into the economic life of the nation, and he therefore granted them access to public education, including higher education, and to job training as apprentices and journeymen. At the same time he declared the “Jewish language and writing” as abolished: all trade books, official documents and official certificates were to be written in German from then on.
On July 1787 a new ruling was published: each Jew in German lands was required to either adopt (or if they already had one, to maintain) a firm, German surname. Names derived from the Hebrew were no longer permitted, and had to be legally changed. ”
Hey it would be great to get a link to that list of names or if the forum could put it up, thanks!
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Here’s a link to a dictionary of Sephardic surnames–no sure if it is related to the study:
Those Jews who fled Spain and Portugal were given the red carpet treatment in Protestant countries, Britain and the Netherlands, the trans-Atlantic slave-trade started in earnest by these refugees from the comfort of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, New Netherlands (New York) and the territories in America that were in the hands of the Dutch. The hypocrites now convince Black people that White Christians are their oppressor, while they have been and still are the slave-driving dictators.
Since “It’s important for everyone to know where they come from,” says Levi-Kaplan. The Jews who had a monopoly on the slave-trade in Suriname can let the world know who they bought those African’s which they sold as cattle in the America’s come from. Well, Fidel Castro’s mother was Jewish, and I am now more than convinced that he was a CIA (Communist Intelligence Asset) the big communist who was a threat to America survived successive presidents….the propaganda machine convinced the world that America was fighting Communism, while in fact Jewish Communist supremacist were taking over the world through the U.S. government federal government bureaucracy .
Ironically, the average Jew has no clue where they really come from. From the cradle they are told they are Israelites, but that’s a fable–they are the ancient enemies of the Israelites. They are Esau/Edom, and they hate true Israelites and do everything they can to taint their bloodline by promoting race mixing and diversity–and destroy them through pointless wars to promote Jewish power.
The origins of the Jews, Esau/Edom, is spelled out clearly in the Bible–they are from Mount Seir. And they will do everything they can to hide that historical fact, and also hide the fact that White Europeans are the true descendants of the Israelites. When that truth comes out, and Whites wake up to their true identity, it’s game over.
Amongst the fatal influences of the jew , social, heretical, subversive, and now biological -psycho- warfare against their consumer-host victim miscegenation throughout EUropean history is the most dangerous and insidious. Jew is the seed of SAtan and it will disseminate itself in all races and be dominate. This is why discrimination is forbidden by their corporate governments.