By now, Americans are getting a sense of Middle Eastern politics after Colonial powers created new nations in the early 1900s. Plenty of Americans, including this one, were opposed to the desert wars and still are. For good reasons. As are many Europeans. Enough with Colonialism. The answer to whether the desert people wanted to be like Europeans is found in their resistance both yesterday and today. There are many cultures, many different languages and religions and they did not and still don’t mix it up. They stayed within their own communities and to a good extent, still do. Although the movie, “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, was a Hollywood style movie, her portrayal of Gertrude Bell and her exploration of the Middle East, allowed the viewer to see a hint of the diversity that existed before the first world war. That diversity still exists. Western civilization’s roots are in the Middle East. Those of us who love genealogy are having fun matching our research with the findings of our DNA tests. Especially Gedmatch and their “calculators.” Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes. Available here:
In the early eighth century, a Mohammedan people living in northern Africa, the Moors, took boats and entered Southern Spain. The significant make-up of the Moors was Arabic peoples (meaning they descended from the Arabian Peninsula) and Berbers (from North Africa). The Berbers have a high percentage of Rh-Negative blood in their population, compared to other ethnic groups. Of the many surnames in my family tree, Morris is one of them. It’s quite possible that those with Morris ancestry are descendants of the Moors, who invaded Spain in 711 A.D. The French-Latin for Moor is Maurus and the French Greek is Mauros. Sounds like Morris to me.
If you want another example, an old Webster’s dictionary has the following:
morris, n. More fully morris dance. [From earlier morys, morish, Moorish. See Moor.]
Morris dancing was common in Olde England in pageants and May-day games. The dance could have made its way through Spain and into England. My Morris ancestors are Scots-Irish. I can not speak with them about their oral history. I can though, try to piece together an explanation as to why I have Rh-negative blood. 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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