Turner family in America

Possible Jewish Surnames – Key Word “POSSIBLE”

Update — 16 July 2012

As the title of this post clearly states, these are POSSIBLE Jewish surnames.

If you know of other information about origins of specific names, please post them in the comments.

Rude comments will be screened by the admin if found to be INAPPROPRIATE they will NOT be posted.

– CAAbernathy

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Introduction from list –
” wrote:
>Spotlight on Zionist Shills: How to recognize Jewish surnames

>While this list may never be complete, it will cover most of the
>Jewish names one is likely to encounter in everyday Western life.
>Unlike many gentile names, there is such a thing as a ‘Jewish name.’
>Many Jewish persons can be recognized as being Jewish by their surname
>[last name], although not always–some Jews are adopted, or their
>forebears changed the family surname, or their surname simply does not
>appear Jewish.(…)”

This list will be a guide to those who find ancestors who seem to have no prior relatives to be found.
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Several ancestral lines on my family tree seem to disappear prior to the American Revolution — simple explanation?

The prior generation ‘Americanized’ there surnames (changed it to prevent persecution, or to “fit-in” better with their new new neighbors). [Finding these original surnames is not easy to do.]

This is my theory, based on several instances where family in North Carolina changed their names. Here are several I know of:

Klein = Cline, Kline, or “Little”
Zimmerman = “Carpenter”
Jung = Young
Silbers = Silvers, Silver
Boell = Bell, Ball
Boest = Bost, Best, Bess, Betts/Bettes
Baird/Beard = Byrd, Bird
Boteler/Bohelier = Bulter
Baumgardner
Bury = Berry
Johannsson = Johnson
Gustaffsson = Justice
Bohun/Buhon = Boone, Bowen
Brashears = Brasher, Brashier/Brazier
Embrehough = Embry

That is my short list, for now.
[search the alphabetical list below for a more extensive possibilities...]

This is a genealogy lead I will be following up on as I can.

If you have other “Americanized” translations of possible Jewish surnames, please contact me.

Thank you for visiting.

– C A Abernathy
weavercat@gmail.com
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Aaron, ABBOTT, ACEVEDO, ACOSTA, ADAMS, ADKINS, AGUILAR, AGUIRRE, ALBERT, ALEXANDER, ALFORD, ALLEN, ALLISON, ALSTON, ALVARADO, ALVAREZ, ANDERSON, ANDREWS, ANTHONY, ARMSTRONG , ARNOLD, ASHLEY, ATKINS, ATKINSON, AUSTIN, AVERY, AVILA, AYALA, AYERS

BAILEY, BAIRD, BAKER, BALDWIN, BALL, BALLARD, BANKS, BARBER, BARKER, BARLOW, BARNES, BARNETT, BARR, BARRERA, BARRETT, BARRON, BARRY, BARTLETT, BARTON, BASS, BATES, BATTLE, BAUER, BAXTER, BEACH, BEAN, BEARD, BEASLEY, BECK, BECKER, BELL, BENDER, BENJAMIN, BENNETT, BENSON, BENTLEY, BENTON, BERG, BERGER, BERNARD, BERRY, BEST, BIRD, BISHOP, BLACK, BLACKBURN, BLACKWELL, BLAIR, BLAKE, BLANCHARD, BLANKENSHIP, BLEVINS, BOLTON, BOND, BONNER, BOOKER, BOONE, BOOTH, BOWEN, BOWERS, BOWMAN, BOYD, BOYER, BOYLE, BRADFORD, BRADLEY, BRADSHAW, BRADY, BRANCH, Brand, BRAY, BRENNAN, BREWER, BRIDGES, BRIGGS, BRIGHT, BRITT, BROCK, BROOKS, BROWN, BROWNING, BRUCE, BRYAN, BRYANT, BUCHANAN, BUCK, BUCKLEY, BUCKNER, BULLOCK, BURCH, BURGESS, BURKE, BURKS, BURNETT, BURNS, BURRIS, BURT, BURTON, BUSH, BUTLER, BYERS, BYRD

CABRERA, CAIN, CALDERON,  CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CAMACHO, CAMERON, CAMPBELL, CAMPOS, CANNON, CANTRELL, CANTU, CARDENAS, CAREY, CARLSON, CARNEY, CARPENTER [Zimmerman/Timmerman], CARR, CARRILLO, CARROLL, CARSON, CARTER, CARVER, CASE, CASEY, CASH, CASTANEDA, CASTILLO, CASTRO, CERVANTES, CHAMBERS, CHAN, CHANDLER, CHANEY, CHANG, CHAPMAN, CHARLES, CHASE, CHAVEZ, CHEN, CHERRY, CHRISTENSEN, CHRISTIAN, CHURCH, CLARK, CLARKE, CLAY, CLAYTON, CLEMENTS, CLEMONS, CLEVELAND, CLINE [Klein/Kline], COBB, COCHRAN, COFFEY, Cohen [Cowan], Cohn, COLE, COLEMAN, COLLIER, COLLINS, COLON, COMBS, COMPTON, CONLEY, CONNER, CONRAD, CONTRERAS, CONWAY, COOK [Cocke/Cox], COOKE, COOLEY, COOPER, COPELAND, CORTEZ, COTE, COTTON, COX, CRAFT, CRAIG, CRANE, CRAWFORD, CROSBY, CROSS, CRUZ, CUMMINGS, CUNNINGHAM, CURRY, CURTIS

DALE, DALTON, DANIEL, DANIELS, DAUGHERTY, DAVENPORT, DAVID, Davidson, DAVIS, DAWSON, DAY, DEAN, DECKER, DEJESUS, DELACRUZ, DELANEY, DELEON, DELGADO, DENNIS, DIAZ, DICKERSON, DICKSON, DILLARD, DILLON, DIXON, DODSON, DOMINGUEZ, DONALDSON, DONOVAN, DORSEY, DOTSON, DOUGLAS, DOWNS, DOYLE, DRAKE, DUDLEY, DUFFY, DUKE, DUNCAN, DUNLAP, DUNN, DURAN, DURHAM, DYER

EATON, EDWARDS, ELLIOTT, ELLIS, ELLISON, EMERSON, ENGLAND, ENGLISH, ERICKSON, ESPINOZA, ESTES, ESTRADA, EVANS, EVERETT, EWING

Falk, FARLEY, FARMER, FARRELL, FAULKNER, FERGUSON, FERNANDEZ, FERRELL, FIELDS, FIGUEROA, FINCH, Fink, FINLEY, FISCHER, FISHER, FITZGERALD, FITZPATRICK, FLEMING, FLETCHER, FLORES, FLOWERS, FLOYD, FLYNN, FOLEY, FORBES, FORD, FOREMAN, FOSTER, FOWLER, FOX, FRANCIS, FRANCO, Frank, FRANK, FRANKLIN, FRANKS, FRAZIER, FREDERICK, FREEMAN, FRENCH, FROST, FRY, FRYE, FUENTES, FULLER, FULTON

GAINES, GALLAGHER, GALLEGOS, GALLOWAY, GAMBLE, GARCIA, GARDNER, GARNER, GARRETT, GARRISON, GARZA, GATES, GAY, GENTRY, GEORGE, GIBBS, GIBSON, GILBERT, GILES, GILL, GILLESPIE, GILLIAM, GILMORE, GLASS, GLENN, GLOVER, GOFF, GOLDEN, GOMEZ, GONZALES, GONZALEZ, GOOD, GOODMAN, GOODWIN, GORDON, Gottfried, Gottlieb, GOULD, Gould, GRAHAM, GRANT, GRAVES, GRAY, Green, GREENE, GREER, GREGORY, GRIFFIN, GRIFFITH, GRIMES, Gross, GROSS, GUERRA, GUERRERO, GUTHRIE, GUTIERREZ, GUY, GUZMAN

HAHN, HALE, HALEY, HALL, HAMILTON, HAMMOND, HAMPTON, HANCOCK, HANEY, HANSEN, HANSON, HARDIN, HARDING, HARDY, HARMON, HARPER, HARRELL, HARRINGTON, HARRIS, Harris, HARRISON, HART, HARTMAN, HARVEY, HATFIELD, HAWKINS, HAYDEN, HAYES, HAYNES, HAYS, HEAD, HEATH, HEBERT, HENDERSON, HENDRICKS, HENDRIX, HENRY, HENSLEY, HENSON, HERMAN, HERNANDEZ, HERRERA, HERRING, HESS, HESTER, HEWITT, HICKMAN, HICKS, HIGGINS, HILL, HINES, HINTON, HIPP, Hirsch, HOBBS, HODGE, HODGES, HOFFMAN, HOGAN, HOLCOMB, HOLDEN, HOLDER, HOLLAND, HOLLOWAY, HOLMAN, HOLMES, HOLT, HOOD, HOOPER, HOOVER, HOPKINS, HOPPER, HORN, HORNE, HORTON, HOUSE, HOUSTON, HOWARD, HOWE, HOWELL, HUBBARD, HUBER, HUDSON, HUFF, HUFFMAN, HUGHES, HULL, HUMPHREY, HUNT, HUNTER, HURLEY, HURST, HUTCHINSON, HYDE

INGRAM, IRWIN

JACKSON, JACOBS, Jacobs, JACOBSON, JAMES, JARVIS, JEFFERSON, JENKINS, JENNINGS, JENSEN, JIMENEZ, JOHNS, JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, JONES, JORDAN, JOSEPH, JOYCE, JOYNER, JUAREZ, JUSTICE

Kahn, KANE, Kaplan, KAUFMAN, KEITH, KELLER, KELLEY, KELLY, KEMP, KENNEDY[Kennerly/Connerly], KENT, KERR, KEY, KIDD, KIM, KING, KINNEY, KIRBY, KIRK, KIRKLAND, Klein [Cline=Little], KLINE, KNAPP, KNIGHT, KNOWLES, KNOX, KOCH [Cox], Kramer, KRAMER

LAMB, LAMBERT, LANCASTER, LANDRY, LANE, LANG, LANGLEY, LARA, LARSEN, LARSON, LAWRENCE, LAWSON, LE
LEACH, LEBLANC, LEE, Leo, LEON, LEONARD, LESTER, Levin, LEVINE, Levine, LEVY, Levy, Lewis, LEWIS, LINDSAY, LINDSEY, LITTLE [Cline/Klein], LIVINGSTON, LLOYD, Loeb, Loew, LOGAN, LONG, LOPEZ, LOTT, LOVE, LOWE, LOWERY, LUCAS, LUNA, LYNCH, LYNN, LYONS

MacDONALD, MACIAS, MACK, MADDEN, MADDOX, MALDONADO, MALONE, MANN, MANNING, Marks, MARKS, MARQUEZ, Mars, MARSH, MARSHALL, MARTIN, MARTINEZ, Marx, MASON, MASSEY [Maxey], MATHEWS, MATHIS, Mathis, MATTHEWS, MAXWELL, May, MAY, MAYER, Mayer, MAYNARD, MAYO [Mahew], MAYS, McBRIDE, McCALL, McCARTHY, McCARTY, McCLAIN, McCLURE, McCONNELL, McCORMICK, McCOY [MacKey/McKay?], McCRAY, McCULLOUGH, McDANIEL, McDONALD, McDOWELL, McFADDEN, McFARLAND, McGEE [MacKey/McKay?], McGOWAN, McGUIRE, McINTOSH, McINTYRE, McKAY [McGee?], McKEE, McKENZIE, McKINNEY, McKNIGHT, McLAUGHLIN, McLEAN, McLEOD, McMAHON, McMILLAN, McNEIL, McPHERSON, MEADOWS [Meads/Medders], MEDINA, MEJIA, MELENDEZ, MELTON, MENDEZ, MENDOZA, MERCADO, MERCER, MERRILL, MERRITT, MEYER, MEYERS, MICHAEL,
MIDDLETON, MILES, MILLER, MILLS, MIRANDA, MITCHELL, MOLINA, MONROE, MONTGOMERY, MONTOYA, MOODY, MOON [Mohun?], MOONEY, MOORE, MORALES, MORAN, MORENO, MORGAN, MORIN, Morris, MORRISON, MORROW, MORSE, MORTON, MOSES, MOSLEY [Mozley], MOSS, MUELLER [Miller/Muller], MULLEN, MULLINS, MUNOZ, MURPHY, MURRAY, Myers

NASH, Nathan
NAVARRO
NEAL
NELSON
Newman
NEWMAN
NEWTON
NGUYEN
NICHOLS
NICHOLSON
NIELSEN
NIEVES
NIXON
NOBLE
NOEL
NOLAN
NORMAN
NORRIS
NORTON
NUNEZ
OBRIEN
OCHOA
OCONNOR
ODOM
ODONNELL
OLIVER
OLSEN
OLSON
ONEAL
ONEIL
ONEILL
ORR
ORTEGA
ORTIZ
OSBORN
OSBORNE
OWEN
OWENS
PACE
PACHECO
PADILLA
PAGE
PALMER
PARK
PARKER
PARKS
PARRISH
PARSONS
PATE
PATEL
PATRICK
PATTERSON
PATTON
PAUL
PAYNE
PEARSON
PECK
PENA
PENNINGTON
PEREZ
PERKINS
PERRY
PETERS
PETERSEN
PETERSON
PETTY
PHELPS
PHILLIPS
PICKETT
PIERCE
PITTMAN
PITTS
POLLARD
POOLE
POPE
PORTER
POTTER
POTTS
POWELL
POWERS
PRATT
PRESTON
PRICE
PRINCE
PRUITT
PUCKETT
PUGH
QUINN
RAMIREZ
RAMOS
RAMSEY
RANDALL
RANDOLPH
Raphael
RASMUSSEN
RATLIFF
RAY
RAYMOND
REED
REESE
REEVES
REID
REILLY
REYES
REYNOLDS
RHODES
RICE
Rich
RICH
RICHARD
RICHARDS
RICHARDSON
RICHMOND
RIDDLE
RIGGS
RILEY
RIOS
RIVAS
RIVERA
RIVERS
ROACH
ROBBINS
ROBERSON
ROBERTS
ROBERTSON
ROBINSON
ROBLES
ROCHA
RODGERS
RODRIGUEZ
RODRIQUEZ
ROGERS
ROJAS
ROLLINS
ROMAN
ROMERO
ROSA
ROSALES
ROSARIO
ROSE
Ross
ROSS
ROTH
Roth
ROWE
ROWLAND
ROY
Rubin
RUIZ
RUSH
RUSSELL
RUSSO
RUTLEDGE
RYAN
SALAS
SALAZAR
SALINAS
SAMPSON
Samuel
SANCHEZ
SANDERS
SANDOVAL
SANFORD
SANTANA
SANTIAGO
SANTOS
SARGENT
Saul
SAUNDERS
SAVAGE
SAWYER
SCHMIDT
SCHNEIDER
SCHROEDER
SCHULTZ
SCHWARTZ
Schwartz
SCOTT
SEARS
SELLERS
SERRANO
SEXTON
SHAFFER
SHANNON
Shapiro
SHARP
SHARPE
SHAW
SHELTON
SHEPARD
SHEPHERD
SHEPPARD
Sherman
SHERMAN
SHIELDS
SHORT
SILVA
SIMMONS
Simon
SIMON
SIMPSON
SIMS
Singer
SINGLETON
SKINNER
SLATER
SLOAN
SMALL
Smith
SNIDER
SNOW
SNYDER
SOLIS
SOLOMON
SOSA
SOTO
SPARKS
SPEARS
SPENCE
SPENCER
STAFFORD
STANLEY
STANTON
STARK
STEELE
STEIN
STEPHENS
STEPHENSON
Stern
STEVENS
STEVENSON
STEWART
STOKES
STONE
STOUT
STRICKLAND
STRONG
STUART
SUAREZ
SULLIVAN
SUMMERS
SUTTON
SWANSON
SWEENEY
SWEET
SYKES
TALLEY
TANNER
TATE
TAYLOR
TERRELL
TERRY
THOMAS
THOMPSON
THORNTON
TILLMAN
Tobias
TODD
TORRES
TOWNSEND
TRAN
TRAVIS
TREVINO
TRUJILLO
TUCKER
TURNER
TYLER
TYSON
UNDERWOOD
VALDEZ
VALENCIA
VALENTINE
VALENZUELA
VANCE
VANG
VARGAS
VASQUEZ
VAUGHAN
VAUGHN
VAZQUEZ
VEGA
VELASQUEZ
VELAZQUEZ
VELEZ
VILLARREAL
VINCENT
VINSON
WADE
WAGNER
WALKER
WALL
WALLACE
WALLER
WALLS
WALSH
WALTER
WALTERS
WALTON
WARD
WARE
WARNER
WARREN
WASHINGTON
WATERS
WATKINS
WATSON
WATTS
WEAVER
WEBB
WEBER
WEBSTER
WEEKS
WEISS
Weiss
WELCH
WELLS
WEST
WHEELER
WHITAKER
WHITE
WHITEHEAD
WHITFIELD
WHITLEY
WHITNEY
WIGGINS
WILCOX
WILDER
WILEY
WILKERSON
WILKINS
WILKINSON
WILLIAM
WILLIAMS
WILLIAMSON
WILLIS
WILSON
WINTERS
WISE
Wise
WITT
WOLF
Wolf
WOLFE
WONG
WOOD
WOODARD
WOODS
WOODWARD
WOOTEN
WORKMAN
WRIGHT
WYATT
WYNN
YANG
YATES
YORK
YOUNG
ZAMORA
ZIMMERMAN

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  1. Wow, you have listed here MANY of my family names as Possibly Jewish. I am VERY interested in this information. Our Surnames: BRIDGES, BRYANT, CASEY, COMBS, EDWARDS, GILLIAM, GREEN, GREENE, HANEY, HICKS, JUNG, LUCAS, MCCARTY, PATTON, PHILLIPS, REID, ROBINSON, ROBERTS, SIMS, SHANNON, STEWART, TAYLOR, THOMPSON, WATTS, WILLIS, and WRIGHT.

    Our given names I suspect as possibly Jewish: HAYDON, GAYLON, CALHOUN, FLEMON.

    Our SURNAMES that are closely related in spelling to those you have listed: HAYHURST, LINN, STANDLEE, THORN

    Other SURNAMES of interest to me: BYRD, MCKENZIE, MILLER, SHERMAN

    Many of our names roots are OLD FRENCH spoken in Medievil Netherlands: Flanders, Wallonia –Low Countries.

    Comment by Sandy Lynn Patton — August 15, 2010 @ 5:24 am | Reply

    • Green Greene are very Jewish names, all Irish green greene come from the name gray in the bible in the original hebrew the name gera would more likely be translated as gray

      Comment by Jeremiah Green — February 14, 2013 @ 2:11 am | Reply

      • In my research, all names pertaining to colors, i.e. Green, Gray, Black, White, Plum, Pink ETC and all of Jewish origins.

        All names of flowers, trees, bushes, etc. are also Jewish.

        All names of animals are likewise, i.e. Deer, Rabbit (Lapin) Fox, ETC are Jewish
        and that includes names of birds/fish etc

        You can translate these into Spanish surnames and a lot of them will show up at
        http://www.sephardim.com (Sephardic Jews) or at http://www.avotaynu.com

        There are as many Jews on this Planet as there are stars in the sky or sand in the oceans.

        More examples: Klein means small…that is a family surname. In French, it’s Petit.
        LeBlanc is White or Weiss.
        Doucet is Sweet/Sweetman ~ Sugar/Sugarman ~ Zucker/Zuckerman

        Studying names is my passion!
        Shalom Aleichem ~ Peace to All.

        ~Jackie Bourque/Burke/Birk/Borg/Bourg/Berg
        Montreal

        Comment by Jackie Bourque — June 19, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

      • Ehem.. About 70-80% of all English words came originally from old norse, or the original “norwegian”, not like most people belive as from Latin, only the words binding the sentences are Latin, like “it” som words are also anglo saxon, but very few, so to think that green has to come from grey is just too stupid, green is from the norwegian word: grønn and has the meaning of the color green, wich you gett on your clothes from sliding on grass, (from gress) called “grønske”.. I’m not saying the bible hasn’t been important to creation of new words in countries like Ireland, offcourse they are chatolic kingdoms… If you want to learn about the true European history, and by that the American history you should start with the north countries witch from the start where far more influential than southern Europe.. Heard about the origin to the name of New York City, it’s York a small ply in the city Sandefjord in Norway, from there vikings went out- conquered parts of England, established the city York, and about 1000 years later we see the establishment og New York (after som time as new Amsterdam ect)..

        Like people still think Christopher Colombus discovered anything, he didn’t!! It was old news to the north Europeans who already at that time was both doing business with Chinese and “American” Natives 500 years before mr Colombus even learn to swim..

        Comment by interested reader — December 25, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  2. Thanks for this list!! I have printed it out. On my mother’s side, her dad was a Pringle, which is not on this list, but is a “hot” Jewish surname. He married a Palmer- which is on this list and another list I have found. This is also the second list I have found my paternal grandmother’s maiden name- McCarty. Thanks very much- Grace adn Shalom Rav, kenny cartwright

    Comment by Kenny Cartwright — August 24, 2010 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  3. Wow! This amazes me to know that “Villarreal” surname can possibly be a jewish last name. I have done researches and discovered that I might have sephardic descent. Funny thing is that, my husband is jewish and he laughs when he hears that I might be jewish. All my life, I have been interested in Judaism, kabbalah etc etc. I actually do jewish holidays. You never know, this probably means something. hehe

    Comment by Deanna — September 2, 2010 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  4. This list is ridiculous–hardly any of the names are typically Jewish. Certainly there may be Jews with those last names, due to intermarriage, misspellings, translations or complete name changes, but the names themselves are mostly of English, Irish, Scottish, and Spanish origin. Therefore most of the people with those names will be of those same national origins.

    Don’t believe everything you read–especially online. The use of the phrase “Zionist shills” betrays the poster’s anti-semitism. Go to a decent reference for name origins. Ask a reference librarian about credible dictionaries of names or check on http://www.jewishgen.org for information on Jewish names. By copying and publicizing this list you are spreading misinformation.

    In the 18th century there were very few Jews in north America (about 2500), and those who were present were predominantly of Sephardic origin. Jews with German-origin last names are Ashkenazic, and many of them did not use family names in the 18th century. They began immigrating in significant numbers to the US around the 1840s. By contrast there was large-scale German immigration into colonial north America and into the US throughout much of the 19th century. Any German-sounding names in your background from before 1830 will probably belong to Germans! They may be Swiss, Dutch, Austrian or Scandinavian, but almost certainly not Jewish.

    If you want to be Jewish, convert. If you’re interested in 18th century American Jews, find out some of their real history. Don’t distort your genealogy research with fantasies for which you have no evidence. Appreciate your ancestors for who they really were (as far as you can discover).

    Comment by RW — October 1, 2010 @ 3:13 am | Reply

    • we all come from noah , so everyone on earth has the same blood.

      Comment by william mayne — June 16, 2013 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

    • This is not true. I am a history researcher, and the fur trade license in the Great Lakes region west of Lake Michigan was operated by a Jewish Trading firm out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in the second half of the 1700’s called Ogilvie, Gillespie & Company of Mackinaw. This was during the British Regime which began (here) after the French and Indian War – so, around 1763. I recognize many of the names of the businessmen who were company partners on this list, such as Franks, Jacobs, Solomon, and a great many of their employees who arrived with their firm to work for them in the later part of the 1700’s. There are at least forty surnames that I recognize as fur-trade families that re-located here with that Jewish-owned firm; and those families gave their children given names such as Joseph, Solomon, Moses, Alexander, Jacob, Francis, Levi, John, Jeremiah, Gordon, Charles, and more names found on this list as well. The girls had names like Sophia, Rebecca, Rachel, Sarah, etc. There is even a fur trade family working for them named Maccabees – so where did that come from? With the exception of those employed by this company and their descendants, these are very uncommon names for this area. Contrary to your post, these families all arrived long before the Indian lands were ceded or European immigration began. It was before the American government was even in operation to begin Indian removal throughout the Northwest Territory, so there was no Euro-American immigration until lands were ceded and removal occurred. These seemed to be Sephardic Jews, and many intermarried with Métis woman, so I spoke with our Rabbi about it and she confirmed that they do indeed seem to all be Jewish families.

      Comment by Lynn Austin — March 10, 2014 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  5. Hi

    This is Mario Hernandez and I was wondering of organs and roots of the surname “Hernandez”. How is “Hernandez” linked to Jewish organs?

    I can tell that my Great Grandfather came to Cuba in late 1800s from Canary Islands, Spain in which he was a Hernandez, and his wife, my grandmother was a De La Nuez.

    Thanks,
    Mario

    Comment by Mario Hernandez Jr. — October 13, 2010 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

    • Hopefully other readers of this blog will be able to help answer your question(s).
      My postings are only “clues” to follow-up on, since I have many questions — as do others — about the origin of surnames, the list is ONLY a guide…keep searching, and may you find some helpful people along the search for answers.
      — CATHY

      Comment by weavercat — October 13, 2010 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

      • All Hispanic/Latino surnames were from Spain, brought into the Americas by Christopher Columbus, who, in fact, was a Jew himself. For those of you interested, just Google it.
        These Latinos were escapees of the SPANISH INQUISITION.
        You may ALL find your surnames listed at: http://www.sephardim.com

        Some of the refugies of the INQUISITION fled into Southern France, & Portugal. I know there are a lot of Irish Jews (Lost Tribes) as there are Scottish Jews. Their surnames matches ours… and they have the bloodline.

        There is one interesting fact… Some (most) of us have an inherited birth mark….
        Some have reddish dots in the hairline (back of the neck), or anywhere else.
        Others have coffee stain marks (anywhere on the body).
        It is a “Family Birthmark” called Semitic Stain.
        Look for this.
        Jews from the House of David ~ Tribe of Judah have these.

        http://www.sephardim.com to trace Hispanic surnames.
        http://www.avotaynu.com to trace any other names.

        `Jackie Bourg
        Montreal

        Comment by Jackie Bourque — June 19, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  6. hi! i’m looking trying to follow my ancestry. my great great grandmother along my mother side, probably born during the 1880’s is a Rojas. We’re in the Philippines. Just curious if its possible to be Jewish? :)

    Comment by amelou — December 23, 2010 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  7. I have a son that is very hungry to find out if he has any relation to any of the tribes of Israel. He is studying a third translation of the Bible. Sur names in our family are Bailey, Weaver, Kelley, Sears,
    Tinsley, Rowell, and Bishop. Three generations back, my mother says that her grandmother Leona Kelley’s mother’s maiden name was Sears. Leona was born in the Atlanta/Alphretta area in Georgia around 1880. So her mother (Sears maiden name) was born mid 1800’s. If someone could advise this green horn computer user where to go from here it would be greatly appreciated. To have Jewish ancestors would be an awesome honor. Pamela Jill

    Comment by jill steele — January 18, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • All the the Sears or Sayers come from county kerry on the west coast of Ireland.The highest concentration in the Dingle area.

      Comment by Mark Young — February 27, 2012 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  8. My Name is cindy roberts married to Ray Roberts. The name was Rauthbord, Roebert, Robert and then Roberts (Russian Jew) originally from Lithuania.

    Comment by Cindy Roberts — June 22, 2011 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  9. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS WONDERFUL SOURCE. I NOW KNOW MY ANCESTORS.******* ( :

    Comment by LEOZENIO SIJUELA FLORES — August 25, 2011 @ 1:34 am | Reply

  10. Hi, in 1849 most of our family names was change to Spanish surnames when Narciso Claveria y Zaldua became the Spanish governor general of the Philippines. How could we retrieve our original surnames since all the records were already burned as a consequence of several revolutions/war? Is there any information we could get as many of surnames here were also of Jewish origin? Thank you so much!

    Comment by Bob Acevedo — September 4, 2011 @ 4:14 am | Reply

    • Sephardim.com

      Comment by Jeremiah Green — February 14, 2013 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  11. You have surnames of my mom(Jennings), but my maiden name is Shipman which is not on this list. I have seen it on other lists though. My dad’s grandmother was a full bloodied Cherokee and her surname was Rhodes. So, I know that they say the Cherokee Tribe is of Jewish decent. That their way of worship and speaking is closer to the Hebrew Language. Also would like to know about surname of Robison if you know. Thanks for your research.

    Comment by Elaine Shipman Robison — October 20, 2011 @ 1:12 am | Reply

    • Native Indians are of Hebrew extract.
      Google it.
      I have a blog….and I’ve had Native Indians call me following their DNA done
      at http://www.FamilyTree.com/dna ~ they are shocked to find out they are Jewish, Levites/Cohanims,
      meaning: Ancient Priests and Temple workers.
      Natives were the GATEKEEPERS of the Americas.
      I’ve been to Native celebrations….and they have ribbons attached to the four corners of their
      shirts (hanging from their shoulders). This instantly reminded me of the tassles Jews wear to remind them of the COMMANDMENTS of YHWH.
      No coincidence there!

      Shalom Aleichem ~ Peace to All

      ~Jackie Bourg
      Montreal

      Comment by Jackie Bourque — June 19, 2013 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  12. my dad mother name mary blackburn born 1907-1948

    Comment by michelle pauley — November 4, 2011 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  13. Are there any with the surname of Adkins, Bias, Gilkerson, Childers

    Comment by Larry Bias — December 18, 2011 @ 2:56 am | Reply

  14. Hello my name is Chloe-Monet Ramirez,

    I am emailing you because I am taking a Cross Culture Psychology class for my Psychology major. I happened to find your web site and I am glad I did. I am looking for some answers because I have some very curious questions.

    My first question is, Does my last name Ramirez have any relation to being Jew? I am asking this because about ten years ago my grandmother told me briefly that my grandfather was a Jew but that he did not want anybody to know! I confronted my Uncle and father about it and they thought I was flat out INSANE and told me that we are Mexican. We practice the Hispanic culture, meaning we speak it, write it, lived in Mexcio, and carry on the traditions. BUT it frustrates me because everyone I meet always asks me what race am I. I finally gave up and said what do you think I am? It never fails, they all say I am somewhere from the Middle East. I know that during the Holocaust Jews spread all over the world and I have heard that their are Jews living in certain parts of Mexico, etc. I went back and asked my grandmother many years later and she denied it in front of my father and uncle. I heard of so many stories where people deny that they are from Jewish descent, and I strongly believe this is what is happening to me right now. I would really love to find out if this is true, if so I would embrace that I am part Jew, if not then life goes on.

    Comment by Chloe- Monet Ramirez — January 11, 2012 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

    • I do not have an answer for your question(s); but since their is an “oral tradition” that you have Jewish ancestors — therein may be a clue to finding the ancswers you seek.
      My post about POSSIBLE Jewish heritage for certain surnames is my most actively viewed. It opens the discussion to the possiblilty that families may have a more diverse cutlural background, than they thought. How to learn, research – research – research.
      The internet is a great “tool”, but you might also want to try your college/university library; and visit your local family heritage center(s). Most states have county if not local organizations to aid people hwho are actively pursuing genealogy research.
      I hope to find other helpful ‘leads’ about the possible Jewish ancestors; when I do they will be posted to this (and other) blog. If you wish to, please “follow” or “subscribe” to this blog. [Links should be post somewhere on the screen, for you.
      If you need help doing this, write me directly; I can add you manually to the ‘readers’ if needed.
      — Cathy Ann Abernathy (http://weavercat.wordpress.com)

      Comment by weavercat — January 11, 2012 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

    • Yes, your surnames are JEWISH.
      You can contact Dr Dell Sanchez (Google). He is a Mexican Jew who has become an agent to take Mexicans back HOME to Eretz Israel.
      Your surnames can be found at
      http://www.sephardim.com
      You are originally from Spain taken to the Americas during the SPANISH INQUISITION.

      Shalom Aleichem ~ Peace to All
      ~Jackie Bourg
      Montreal

      Comment by Jackie Bourque — June 19, 2013 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

    • I had my DNA done last year. I was very shocked to learn both my mother, grandmother and great-grand mother on my mother’s side were Jews. I thought I was Somali African and Native Am. And was always mistaken as middle eastern.

      I suggest you have a DNA don.

      Comment by Joan — August 19, 2013 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  15. Yey with my last name of ziebell my entire family heritage is from bavaria our crest is a yellow star of david above a fist holding a silver staff. Jewish or not…..

    Comment by Wesley — April 15, 2012 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

    • Siebold,Sibbald,Siebel,Sieble,Siebelt,Siebald,Sieboldt,Siebolt,Sieboltt,Sibbalt,Sibaltt,Siebeld,Siebeltt, and Siebald are some spelling variations of it too. Reverse crest emblem placement.

      Comment by Wesley — April 15, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  16. Another Jewish surname for the list:
    Yancey, Yancy, from Jewish surname IACHENIE ,JASNY or JASNYI or YOCHANA with the ch underlined. You can learn hebrew and will thus learn to translate names from english back into hebrew or you can find a translator. The surname is listed as Dutch. Others here in the USA seem to indicate that is of Native american descent. My grandmother was a Yancey and she was jewish.

    For the person inquiring about her history:

    Many people still fear the Nazi lovers here in the USA mostly because there are still quite a few neo nazi’s running around out there, so a lot of people didn’t give away their Jewish identities. Let’s not forget that Mengele ran all over South America a free man until 1979. I still do not believe he is dead, seems the nastier they are the longer they live. Not to put you down or anything but Mengele considered himself to be a supreme psychologist also, so psychologists aren’t on my personal list of “esteemed” career professionals.

    Comment by Keila — May 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  17. Man, I am seeing my entire family in your list!
    Names such as Barker, Wright, and Williamson!
    I wish I gave more information about this, because I am stumped about my family ancestry.
    Thanks! Cindy

    Comment by Cindy Wright — May 16, 2012 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  18. My family tree consists of on my mother’s side – Quesenberry, Hollandsworth, White, and Bond. My father’s family contains names such as Perdue, Skinnell, and Wirtz. Any of these possibly jewish? Thanks

    Comment by Donna Perdue — July 5, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  19. hello My Last Name is Farrell,,of English Origins,,,so I was wondering because the Farrell name is in Ireland, England and France,,mine being from England,,,being that my name is from England,,i was wondering if you can tell me about the Jewish roots,,,obviously you made this list somehow and I am wondering what other information you may have,,,do I have possible roots in Israel???

    p.s. My Father (Robin Farrell) married a Dunn (Bonnie Dunn) and the Dunn name is also on this list

    Comment by Sean Michael Allen Farrell — July 8, 2012 @ 3:08 am | Reply

  20. jensen is a danish sir name have noting to do with jews..i is comming form jens søn the son of jens and that is 100% danish..go all the way back to the wikings…

    Comment by allan meier jensen — July 16, 2012 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  21. my grand farher was german and he did die in 1944 at the east front that is my mittle name meier comes from…and remember it is allways the part there win there write the history books and i can tell you they are wrong in a lot of things..fx how did josef mengele come to south america? and why if the nasis ware soo bad why did usa take fx von braun to nasa.among sevel 1000 of other nasis from germany… they did newer face any criminal court?? usa did (import) a loot of nasis and none of them did newer face any charges there or jail i dont get that? that is not right for the usa to do that i think but they stil did it.. like irak afganistan you newer hear how many kids and civil people they kill there that is why wikileaks got closet because they did have video of us troops shoting civil people for fun!!! that is not right to do eider..and i think war is soo wrong to do.and no i am not a nasi and stil think what they did was wrong i cant help the past but can try to make now better..like what usa do today is olso wrong why cant we all just live in peace?have one qustion how many nasi name are there in the usa try to find that out and you will get a chok… because peace dont make oil and money thats why.. best regards from denmark

    Comment by allan meier jensen — July 16, 2012 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  22. Collins and Parsons on my mothers side and I suspect jewish but hard to know since her father died when she was very young.What are the jewish version of those names?

    Comment by Sandra Louise Cheek Norman Aguero — July 24, 2012 @ 2:45 am | Reply

  23. What do you know of a Jewish connection of the Sellers name? I know around 1750 there were German, English, and Scotch-Irish named Sellers in central Pennsylvania.

    Comment by Roger — August 5, 2012 @ 6:49 am | Reply

  24. [...] Possible Jewish Surnames [...]

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  25. Shalom my name is Zolita Hickman want 2no what my name mean in Hebrew if U can help.

    Comment by Zolita Hickman — August 26, 2012 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  26. My Wife surname is Cote, her brother did a DNA Test it show J2a4h2 related to Jewish J2 originated in northern Mesopotamia, and spread westward to Anatolia and southern Europe, and eastward to Persia and India. J2 is related to the Ancient Etruscans, (Minoan) Greeks, southern Anatolians, Phoenicians, Assyrians and Babylonians.” They follow the Roman Catholic Faith. They did not know if they have Jewish blood line in there family line.

    Comment by David — September 4, 2012 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  27. On just a cursory look through this list there are many names that are not Jewish, for instance:

    BRADSHAW – English
    BUCKLEY – Irish
    BURTON – Welsh
    CLAYTON – English
    GILL – English
    FITZGERALD – Norman Irish
    FITZPATRICK – Norman Irish
    GALLAGHER – Irish
    GILLESPIE – Irish
    GRIFFIN – Irish
    KELLY – Irish (note the alternative spelling KELLEY is not Irish and is quite likely Jewish)
    KENNEDY – Irish
    All the MC surnames MCDONALD, etc, are either Irish or Scottish.
    MOORE – Irish and English
    MORAN – Irish
    MURPHY – Irish
    MURRAY – English
    O’NEILL – Irish
    RYAN – Irish
    SMITH – English / Irish (Saxon origin)
    SULLIVAN – Irish
    SWEENEY – Irish/Scottish
    TODD – Scottish

    Comment by Tom Sullivan — September 18, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  28. I can vouch for the surname McCall they are descended from the tribe of Levi and are in fact Jewish. When the Levites left Israel they headed west I’m guessing about 3000 years ago the surname didn’t come into being until about 1000-2000 years ago. Many names that are Jewish don’t sound Jewish. This is because of regional matters.

    For example French fries as they are in America are called chips in England they’re the same but due to region the name is different.

    So there you go. You heard it from a McCall or family name is of Jewish ancestry.

    Comment by C. McCall — October 9, 2012 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  29. I want to thank you for your research. It is a time consuming and immensely beautiful study of history and the migration of people. I have been researching this subject for the last 12 years and have reached many of the same conclusions. I plan to post a more in depth synopsis of this subject. I think people who are searching for the truth will appreciate it. I think others who think they know the truth, but feel threatened or diluted by this idea and want to deny the rightful identity of others for their own peace of mind, should see it too.

    Comment by Christopher Parsons — October 10, 2012 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  30. The name “Fulling” wasn’t even mentioned and Jewish Fulling was one of the biggest businesses in Jerusalem when Christ was there. You also had to be Jewish to work in the Fulling industry and if you worked in the Fulling industry you were a Fuller. Whatever you did for a living is where Surnames evolved from. So the Fullings, Fullingtons, Fullers, Fullertons are just offsprings of the name Fulling & Fuller. The big difference is you had to be Jewish to work in Fulling and way the Fullers dyed the clothes was top secret. The Fullings were the owners of the business, and the Fullers were like the Plant workers and Jewish “Fulling dates back to Abraham, he even worked in Fulling. What’s incredible today is you don’t even have the name Fulling mentioned as Jewish? but you do have Fuller as a possibility????Are you kidding?? Possibility????They are more Jewish than anyone because they had to be Jewish to work in their industry and that is where they got their Surname and this is documented and there are old Fulling Mills all over Europe when Fulling re-emerged after Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD? So if you’re out there reading this you can be sure of one thing: Fulling, Fullington, Fuller, Fullerton are big time Jewish, even more so than Weinstein, Streisand, Speilberg, Gross, on and on and on………those names can’t be traced back to Jerusalem, those are modern day Jewish names.

    Comment by Judy Gunter — January 31, 2013 @ 7:33 am | Reply

  31. The name fitzgerald, I was wondering if you could provide more information about how it is a Jewish name I am very interested

    Comment by Jeremiah Green — February 14, 2013 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  32. Levitt comes from the Tribe of LEVI or Levy. Please add this to your list.

    Comment by Walter Levitt — March 17, 2013 @ 4:52 am | Reply

  33. This is really interesting! I wonder if the surname Hursey has a place on this list.

    Comment by Rachel Hursey( maiden name Williams) — March 31, 2013 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  34. my last name is sanders with history is of English,scottish,north german heritage and it is on your list and I go to a messianic synagogue and spiritually I fill right at home!

    Comment by james a sanders — April 3, 2013 @ 6:31 am | Reply

    • James
      You feel right at home with Messianics because YOU ARE from the Tribes!
      It could be a derivative of an Ashkenazi name? I know that Sand is a Jewish name.
      You have to connect the dotted lines sometimes.
      You can have your DNA done at http://www.FamilyTree.com/dna

      ~ Jackie Bourg
      Montreal

      Comment by Jackie Bourque — June 19, 2013 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

    • also the names dunn,ross,rogers,griffin,campbell,shaw,shepherd and Wilson are in my family tree as well and are jewish surnames!

      Comment by james a sanders — July 2, 2013 @ 4:31 am | Reply

  35. My last name is Roach and i have traced my family back to the surname hickman or heckman . From Germany

    Comment by Deanna Nicole Roach Welch — April 6, 2013 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  36. My Mothers family came out from Edinburah, Scotland early 20th Century and have carried the names.Margaret Knox, Johnston, Burns, Burt .My brothers have been given Frist names, Alexander, Ross, John etc, to carry a herritage that I don’t know much about. I even have relatives with the surname Mcbride. All these names are listed above. I am wanting to verify whether I have Jewish ancestry. Can someone help me?

    Comment by Deidre Coppins — May 6, 2013 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  37. My maiden name is Baker, and DNA testing on my dad brought back a middle eastern haplogroup, J1e. I am not sure what to make of this. They came from England to the South (TN, MO, AR, NC), but I have no idea where the middle eastern angle comes in. I have DNA matches in Portugal, Argentina and a few in the middle east. It’s an interesting puzzle….

    Comment by Susi — May 18, 2013 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  38. I was recently told that a study being done shows that names that end in ‘ez’ are probably Jewish. I looked up my great grandmother’s name Melendez and sure enough they resided in the West Indies at a time when they were known as the Jewish West Indies. They had a daughter named Hepsibah, which also points to that conclusion, so it is further confirmation to see this name on your list.

    Comment by Susan Taylor — June 30, 2013 @ 5:15 am | Reply

  39. Thanks for this list, good to see Jefferson as a POSSIBLE Jewish surname, you are right about Jews Americanizing their names, I believe mine did that which explains the reason you touched on, why an ancestor’s family members are hard to find. I have a great grandmother and am not able to find her prior to 1930 US census, in 1930 she is married to my Hawkins great grandfather. I am not able to find her parents at all either.

    I looked up Jefferson surname, it means “son of Jeffrey” and Jeffrey is a variant of Geoffrey which means “God’s peace” or “peaceful ruler”. Jeffrey means “peaceful place”, it comes from gawia “territory” and frid “peace.” Other spellings, Jeffers, Jefferies, and Jeffrys. It has it’s origins in English and Welsh.

    The motto for the Jefferson surname is A cruce salus (salvation from the cross). Source houseofnames.com/Jefferson-family-crest

    I definitely will use this as a guide, it can help. Thanks

    Comment by TomHawk — July 30, 2013 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

    • I should also include this website as a source genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/j/bl_name-Jefferson.htm

      Comment by TomHawk — July 30, 2013 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  40. abernathy is of the clan McAlpin which are of Scottish Jews

    John Lovins j.lovins1@gmail.com

    Comment by john lovins — August 22, 2013 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

    • Thanks.
      I thought Abernathy was a sept of the Leslie clan; can you tell anything about the Leslie clan?

      Comment by weavercat — August 22, 2013 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  41. Can someone tell me if there is a link in Scottish Jews for the surname of Sellers?

    Comment by Roger — August 23, 2013 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  42. I am amazed,all my family names are on this list.They must have anglicized their names because of bigotry.I have been searching for. Jewish roots and so many things just add up now ,it all makes sense .As a woman all boyfriends I ever had and my husband are on this list.Thankyou for this information,So many strange feelings are now explained.

    Comment by Pamela Erasmus o,Connor Macmillan Tavares Afonso Moore.currently Pamela Moore — August 26, 2013 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  43. family name Tate=father yiddish http://kehillatisrael.net/docs/yiddish/yiddish.htm#t have a good day David Tate

    Comment by david tate — September 3, 2013 @ 1:20 am | Reply

    • To the poster who said these are not “Jewish names” know nothing of what you speak of!

      Americans have this notion,that all Jews should have Berg at the end of their names or Stein in front of their last names to be Jewish! Which is completely false! Just like Americans with this notion . You have to look a certain way to be “Jewish” how stupid is that?

      Jews come in all different shapes forms,colors,and come with different first names& last names. It still doesn’t change the fact that the person is Jewish! Everyone focuses on Ashkenazis ,when there are Safardits ,Malarba,Cubans& the forgotten Black West Indian Jews. The list goes on …….

      I bet you thought Weird Al Yankovich & Jason Biggs are Jews right? Ha! Of course you did!

      Comment by Ben — September 29, 2013 @ 1:39 am | Reply

  44. Just about all of my family names are on this list as crypto Jews. I am looking into the large and burgeoning Jewish connection to the Quaker Meetings. Many Jews came over from Eastern Europe, Americanized their names, and joined Quaker meetings because the Quakers made no demands that they be baptized, stayed away from graven images, did not have a ministry, did not invoke a deity, unplanned worship, got along with Jews very well, and like Jews were committed to social justice and abolition.

    Now there is a schism and some of the Quakers have become evangelical and antisemitic so many of us are leaving and finding our way back.

    Oh, and getting genetic tests. Genetics don’t lie. In my case it’s, ahem, plain as the nose on my face.

    Comment by Astorix — September 5, 2013 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  45. I discovered a person could have a 100% Jewish mother by blood and also in name, and a half Jewish father, who has a gentile last name. That is an awful lot of Jewish blood, to not be considered Jewish. One thing that irks me, as someone who is generally called a Jew by gentiles and called a gentile by Jews, who have a Jewish last name is that, I feel like what gets lost in all of this, is what made the 1st Jew, a Jew ? Was it Abram’s idol maker parent’s blood or practices ? Was it strictly a religious observance ? If so, to the last question is, then why are non religious observant Jews, still considered Jews by both Jews and gentiles ? Yet if they accept Christ, many consider them no longer a Jew.

    This world’s opinions are crazy sometimes. The bottom line is that two key things occur that make a Jew , a Jew. The first is, God creates you and elects you to the position. The second is that you have to accept it in order to be one. There is plenty of evidence to back up what I am saying in the Torah. First, God asked Abraham to take of his servants who were willing to travel to Canaan and live according to his customs, to be part of the nation God was making from him. The next example was when God rescued the children of Israel from Egypt. He told them to accept any of the Egyptians who saw the miracles and that were willing to live according to their laws. Also, there is a law in the Torah concerning, the dealing with prisoners of war and specifically how to treat a female who was carried back to Israel. If they were willing to stay and live according to the law, they were to become part of the nation. For God say it fit for them to live according to His commandments, instead of forcing them to return to false gods or godlessness.

    Comment by Christopher Parsons — September 29, 2013 @ 5:25 am | Reply

  46. Hi,
    My name is Glenn Monforte Cayetano.
    My mother maiden name is Alvarado.because my great grandparents are spanish came fr spain.is there any jewish blood
    to my family..

    Thank you!

    Comment by glenn — December 10, 2013 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  47. I heard that “Burks” has a Jewish origin. Is that true?

    Comment by klownboy — January 12, 2014 @ 6:29 am | Reply

  48. My husband, Reuven Yatrofsky, came from the “Yates” family, which we have documented proof that it was changed from Yatrofsky. The Yatrofsky’s came from the Ukraine area during the pogroms. His grandfather was an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, who lived in New Jersey. We have since changed our name back to Yatrofsky, so that we can continue to carry on the original Jewish name. My Grandmother’s maiden name was Cole, and, from my understanding, came from North Carolina and was said to be Jewish, though I have no documented proof of that. I would like to hear more about that name, and perhaps be able to obtain her, and her mother’s, birth and death certificates, if at all possible. Where would I be able to find that information? My father’s name was shortened to Mahala. I was told – by family members, that it used to be Mahalalel. If you have any information on that name, as well, it would greatly be appreciated.

    Comment by Ruth Yatrofsky — January 25, 2014 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  49. A whole lot of confusion and confused people here!

    Comment by rchrdodea@yahoo.com — February 1, 2014 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  50. Thank you for sharing this, my last name is Ramos, can you help me to have more information about how it is a Jewish name. In the time of holocaust thousands more Jews settled in the Philippines seeking refuge, that’s why i want to know about my ancestral line. Thank you!

    Comment by Riza Regalado Ramos — February 9, 2014 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  51. Just this morning I was browsing the threads at 23andme.com, a genetic testing company and one poster provided this link of people with Jewish ancestry in Ireland. I was quite surprised to see my maternal grandmother’s surname listed – Brennan. There were 74 entries. But in the Ancestry Composition feature at 23andme, I scored 0% Ashkenazi, so my grandmother could not have had any recent Jewish ancestry, as the test is sensitive to as low as 0.1%. http://www.irishjewishroots.com/search-our-database/?searchtype=search&pid=&f=&s=Brennan&submit=Search

    Comment by davesears1 — February 16, 2014 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  52. Made a recent discovery about my surname Goodwin, Richard Goodwin was jewish and was also Pres. JFK’s speech-writer. Also I discovered records from Ellis Island 1910 to 7 Hebrew (ethnicity) Goodwins who lived in London England and immigrated to U.S. in 1910. I have also found burial records of jewish Goodwin’s in Virginia, California, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey and also Arkansas .

    Comment by Jean Goodwin — February 17, 2014 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  53. I had a Jewish English/Literature teacher named Brenneman. I had long suspected that the names Brennen, Brennen, Brenner, Brener, or even Drennen were possibly names of Jewish people.

    Comment by Christopher Parsons — February 17, 2014 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  54. Brennan, not Brennen twice…

    Comment by Christopher Parsons — February 17, 2014 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  55. I know many jewish families with the family name Alexander . Is it a jewish surname ?

    Comment by carole — April 25, 2014 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  56. I had my DNA ran, by DNA consultants in Phoenix,AZ. It came back I’m of Jewish Heritage.
    My Family names are on your list.
    Frazier, Holder, Stone, Puckett, Lee,
    and Russell.
    All of my ancestors are from North
    and South Carolina.
    Very Southern.

    Comment by Jennifer — May 26, 2014 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

    • I was told all my life we were of
      Scottish,Irish, German, and Austrian
      descent . Until my DNA came back.

      Comment by Jennifer — May 26, 2014 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  57. I want to know in what tribe of israel belong Sandoval family I’m Jeffrey Neil Sandoval

    Comment by Jeffrey — June 27, 2014 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  58. It would seem that those who are, and always have been both culturally and genetically Jewish, will have to finally decide whether it is the culture that is more important, or the percentage of DNA (the blood, in other words), or some combination of the two. That is probably true for Native Americans, and African Americans, as well. Almost everyone in this country is mixed; at least in terms of blood, if not culturally as well. If we are not prepared to loosen our grip on the need to define ourselves, then these decisions will have to be made. It doesn’t quite seem fair for some to have the comfort of this sort of definition, when so many others do not. The exclusivity feels a bit shrill, especially as genetic research is becoming more refined. No one is trying to latch onto something that isn’t theirs. They are simply trying to find out what they really are. Many people who discover a high percentage of Jewish DNA will then want to convert, for that reason. I feel that is as honest an approach as any other.

    Comment by Jill Marie Dixon Evans — July 29, 2014 @ 4:44 am | Reply

  59. Wanting to find out if my family has Hebrew blood .Thank you

    Comment by Charel fisher Powell — August 1, 2014 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • What you have written is so true.I am really interested in my DNA and it is not a cultural thing at all.I am interested to find where my ancestors originated and I have my own culture as a South African.However saying that I would really love to find out if I have any Jewish DNA as I think my maternal great grandparents were Jewish .I love Jewish people and feel a connection with them although I am and always will be a Christian. Thankyou for sending me news.

      Comment by Pam Moore — August 3, 2014 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  60. Sometimes I think another element that gets lost in all of this, is spirituality. It is what set Ya’akov apart from his twin brother, Esau, in spite of the genetics and the teachings they knew. Yet Israel, as he’d later be called, was different but, not by law, but by G-d’s spirit. In my perception, you are only as Jewish as you are spiritually.

    Comment by Christopher Parsons — August 1, 2014 @ 5:18 pm | Reply


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