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Baca surname - Cabeza de Vaca origin

Posted: 29 May 2007 10:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've heard that researchers are trying to find a Sephardic Jewish link to the Baca family. While I don't deny that the Bacas may be Sephardic Jews - there were certain many Spaniards who were - I do take issue with the Baca surname meaning "to wail". Most likely the Baca surname comes from Cabeza de Vaca which means "head of a cow" in Spanish. The name was given to a man by the name of Martin Alhaja who guided King Sancho of Navarre towards an unguarded pass by placing a cow skull there. This helped the king to win the decisive Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212 A.D.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Jochanan 17 Jan 2000 9:05AM GMT 
IBACA6912 16 Jun 2000 8:17PM GMT 17 Jun 2000 8:45PM GMT 
Robert Baca 30 May 2007 4:10AM GMT 
Robert Baca 30 May 2007 4:23AM GMT 
asitton18 27 May 2008 12:26AM GMT 
asitton18 27 May 2008 12:28AM GMT 
rajsidhu15 4 Jul 2010 7:44PM GMT 
bbaca408 21 Jun 2009 11:09AM GMT 
Theresa Ragin 17 Feb 2011 1:16AM GMT 
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