Monthly Archives: August 2011

Finding The Bridge Between Anglo-Saxon Names and Ancient Jewish Ancestry

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The surname “Roten” may have originally been Jewish. If the name originated from the old Sephardic name “Rotin”, it was eventually Anglicized to Wroughton, Wroten, etc. Many African Americans bear the Wroten name and are searching for their ancestral roots. Wroten/Roten family lines have left records of having household and agricultural slaves, perhaps just a few but enough to have left a legacy within the African American community. The pattern, in which they kept housekeeping slaves, resembles that of ancient European Sephardic Jews (Spain, Portugal, England).

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Look For Jewish Ancestry Through “Converso” Slave Owners

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American surnames going back to the Colonial era often have Portuguese origins.

In the 1640’s, Brazilian “Conversos” (former Jews from Portugal) played a role in the marketing of slaves. Because Spanish and Portuguese “New Christians” or “Conversos” became involved in slave trading and massive agricultural businesses that found their way onto American shores, someone with Southern ancestry might follow history back far enough to find Jewish ancestry. Keep in mind that to some Jews it is very offensive and not historically accurate to imply that Jews were the “main” slave merchants.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Feeling Alienated? Let Your Ancient Ancestors Speak

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Far too many people cannot trace their lineage; they feel lost, baffled and crave the knowledge of the ancients. Subconsciously, we wonder why our ancestors have Hebrew names when they aren’t Jewish. It may seem outlandish to think that someone could piece together a family tree spanning back to 500 B.C.E. but I have followed ancestral trails as far back as possible and added up all the clues and discovered a new way of looking at family albums, surnames and coats of arms. This fun obsession has helped me garner invaluable knowledge from complete strangers… everyone has an ancestral story.  Millions of people have their own “Da Vinci Code” type conspiracy just waiting to be unraveled.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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What’s Wrong With Being Jewish?

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I am not Jewish and was shocked to discover that my ancestors were. They were some of the first American colonists who settled in New Amsterdam and the forebears of many prominent and sometimes famous families. Like thousands of other Jews they fled European persecution often going through France, Italy or Germany first, before going to Amsterdam, a city that Abba Eban says “evokes a special intimacy and affection in Jewish hearts”.

As the identity of these ancestors becomes apparent, why is it that the mere mention of it on the genealogical message boards often brings dead silence and sometimes hostility? What’s wrong with being a Jew? Early American Jews were highly moral, hard-working virtuous families having all the qualities that Americans strive for and admire. In fact, my research has brought me to the revelation that these “silent Jews” helped form the basis for what we’ve often thought was the “Protestant work ethic” or “Christian values”. Whether you find comfort in it or not, an investigation into the origins of some of the family names woven deeply into the fabric of early American history show they were originally Jews.

Historians and genealogists will all tell you that Colonial parents gave their children Biblical names not because they were Jewish but because it was fashionable. I always accepted that but today I am not so sure. I think we should reopen our family albums and look deeper into the meanings in our family tree and coats of arms. Names such as Levi, Jacob, Rebecca, Rachel, Benjamin and Ezekiel may have been the last opportunity Colonial American Jewish parents had to lay claim to a heritage that stems back thousands of years and has the biblical stories to accompany it. I come from numerous generations of Christians but before that many of them were Jewish and I ask you now with an open heart, what’s wrong with that?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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They’re Jewish! It Was the Names of their Close Associates That Tipped Me Off

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One characteristic of Jewish history that will keep you engaged in this treasure hunt is that ancient brotherhood pact. There were Jews who stuck together. This one element stunned me the most. It wasn’t so much the hints of Judaism in the names of my ancestors that made me continue looking for concrete evidence; it was the names of their associates. Several of the folks with whom they did business with, intermarried with, packed up wagons with and headed out into dangerous new untamed territories had Jewish names.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Jews Come Out of History’s Closet

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There is a Crypto-Jewish movement underway, particularly in the southwestern United States. The Internet is full of websites and interesting stories regarding modern day descendants of history’s hidden Jews. Judaism requires conversion and present day Rabbis are strict about it. Some of today’s Crypto-Jews complain about being “left out,” which is why many of the Crypto-Jews have chosen to create their own “Jewish” group. There is an Association of Crypto Jews for Hispanic Sephardim. Even if you are not interested in joining, it’s interesting to see the pictures they have posted. From the smiles on their faces, you can see they enjoy worshipping the religion of their ancient ancestors.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Is The British Royal Family Jewish? And Would It Matter To You If They Were?

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Why? My understanding is that they, like millions AND MILLIONS of others have ancient Jewish ancestry, which personally, I think, is pretty cool. Who wouldn’t love to know the names and folklore surrounding our loved ones of long ago, whom without we would not be here? It appears the Royal Family is mostly silent about it, which leaves me breathless to think that a family with the wealth, power and prestige of the Royal House of Windsor would in this day and age be cautious of the repercussions such a discussion would bring about. The world is full of folks with Jewish ancestry, even anti-Semites should take a better look at their family tree. Aren’t most of us a little bit of everything? Isn’t it time we were pleased about that?

Suellen Ocean is the author of The Celtic Prince available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

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