American surnames going back to the Colonial era often have Portuguese origins.
In the 1640’s, Brazilian “Conversos” (former Jews from Portugal) played a role in the marketing of slaves. Because Spanish and Portuguese “New Christians” or “Conversos” became involved in slave trading and massive agricultural businesses that found their way onto American shores, someone with Southern ancestry might follow history back far enough to find Jewish ancestry. Keep in mind that to some Jews it is very offensive and not historically accurate to imply that Jews were the “main” slave merchants.
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Why? My understanding is that they, like millions AND MILLIONS of others have ancient Jewish ancestry, which personally, I think, is pretty cool. Who wouldn’t love to know the names and folklore surrounding our loved ones of long ago, whom without we would not be here? It appears the Royal Family is mostly silent about it, which leaves me breathless to think that a family with the wealth, power and prestige of the Royal House of Windsor would in this day and age be cautious of the repercussions such a discussion would bring about. The world is full of folks with Jewish ancestry, even anti-Semites should take a better look at their family tree. Aren’t most of us a little bit of everything? Isn’t it time we were pleased about that?
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