Category Archives: Sephardim

Jewish Names: David, David Everywhere

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I asked a Jewish friend if they had known any Arabs named David. “No”, she said, “too much of a king of the Jews name.” Good point. But it is mentioned in a list of masculine Arabic names as Da’ud or Dawud meaning “beloved” or after the Prophet David whom I assume they’re referring to the same King David. Most of us know a David. I can think of five Davids in my immediate extended family, either first or middle names. Yes, it is a common name and who knows how many Davids were named because it was a beautiful name? But who knows how many Davids were named because it was a continued pattern, whether conscious or not to retain Jewish identity?

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What Does it Mean to be Jewish? Why Search for Jewish Ancestry?

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After spending years on the genealogical websites, I have come to believe that I can help millions of Americans who have reached dead ends in regard to their family trees. Even after several years of hunches that my ancestors were Jewish, there was always doubt, but the ancestors cheered me on. They left proud symbols, whether it was the lions that lay crumbling to entrances of long forgotten homesteads or names they picked for their children, Rachel, Jacob, Samuel, Ezekiah. They had hope for a future where descendants were sensitive to the echo of their voices. The dead can talk and they knew how to leave clues, we just don’t know how to look for them.

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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