Hidden Jewish Ancestry, Is it Just in the Name?


The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and could very well be, as during this period there were immigrants flocking to the Netherlands to take advantage of all the busy seaports and the work available. Those having the skills necessary to construct homes and businesses for Holland’s wealthy merchant class would have found work. If they were Jewish they would have needed to hide it so they could join the trade guild. They would have hid it behind either Catholicism or Protestantism, depending on which one was safer at the time.

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:


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