How about Jacob, Jacobi or Jacobson? You probably don’t think about it but the ethnic roots of Jacobs go back to ancient Israel. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob,” whose name later became “Israel.” Once you find your Israelite ancestors, you can further your research and try to decipher whether they were Jews or Samarians but they were both Israelites and descended from Jacob who was referred to as a Lion in the Book of Genesis in the Torah/Bible. The lion became the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah. Jacob was a big deal.
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:
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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