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Sephardic Jewish Coelhos

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Re: Sephardic Jewish Coelhos

Posted: 3 Apr 2012 11:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Coelho, Cohen
"Apparently Coelho actually referred to a specific type of hare which lived underground". Sorry, you have been given incorrect information. While the modern Portuguese pronunciation sounds similar to Cunha (rabbit in Portuguese) the Coelho name comes from Ladino (a Sephardic Jewish language) and is the same as the Hebrew name Kohanim. In English that would be most often translated as the common Jewish surname of Cohen. Also, it is important to note that Sephardic Jews and the Portuguese in general did not use surnames before 1900 or before emigration elsewhere. Their names were not even patronymic (aka, Johnson is John's son). Their names were descriptors. If Coelho appears in successive generations it is because they (the family) are identifying themselves as Kohanim descendants. Kohanim means priest in Hebrew and Kohanims (Cohens) are self described as descendants of the Biblical Aaron, brother of Moses and the first high priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. Interestingly, there is DNA evidence to support this claim as many Kohanim/Cohen (and Coelho) share similar DNA patterns regardless of where they are found in the world today. Also, the name Coelho has been publicly identified by the Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain as a Sephardic (Jewish) surname. So while it is often referred to as a Conversos name, it is in fact a Sephardic Jewish name and not a name adopted upon conversion, or forced conversion, to Catholicism.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
materialthing... 20 Apr 2002 6:02PM GMT 
helenemessias 24 Apr 2001 6:10PM GMT 
jane coelho 25 Apr 2001 1:52PM GMT 
jane coelho 25 Apr 2001 1:53PM GMT 
THIAGO COELHO 2 Apr 2002 3:10AM GMT 
chrisburklund... 8 Oct 2009 4:12AM GMT 
remyboxoplent... 16 Feb 2010 10:57PM GMT 
bettydna 30 Jul 2011 10:49PM GMT 
em0ely 30 Mar 2012 9:31PM GMT 
chrisburklund... 4 Apr 2012 5:01AM GMT 
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