The Jews of the Middle Ages were not unlike the Jews of Colonial America. They wanted to blend in. They frequently chose names from geographical locations or occupations and often had the same common names popular with the Christians of that area hence the difficulty in finding them now and the refusal for many to accept that their ancestors were indeed Jewish.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering 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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