Friday, April 6, 2012
Saenz-Borghese : 25 marker match with Spanish Candelario Saenz Family
E1b1b1-a1b : 13-24-13-10-16-18-11-12-12-14-11-31-15-9-9-11-11-26-14-20-34-14-16-17-17
This is the closest match to my E1b1b1-M35.1 DNA so far ... a Spanish Family called "Saenz" .... This is what I learned.
Sáënz (pronounced sigh-nz) is a Spanish surname originating in The Kingdom of Spain in the Castile region, now known as La Rioja derived from its unknown original Semitic (Hebrew) surname.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Saens, Saenz, Sans, Sanx, Sanz, Sainz, Saiz, Saez, and many more.
History : via Wikipedia
Created by Sephardic Jews (Semitic families) who immigrated into the region, some via the Way of St. James, due to religious conflicts in their native lands using this name as a way of assimilating into their new country of settlement.
Integrating with Spain's native people, the name became common in this territory. Later in 1478, due to the Alhambra Decree, many Saenz family members that retained forms of Judaic faiths were forced to migrate to new lands.
Several Spanish Jews living in Spain, so-called Conversos or Marranos, changed their faith to Catholicism to avoid Catholic persecution for having their original faith be Judaism. These Jews were forced to adopt Spanish names to live in Spain after conversion, using Spanish names to "prove" to authorities that their conversion was "true" (see Religious conversion).
This was common place in dark-age times, both in Spain and Portugal, where Jews adopted tree names in Portuguese, like "Oliveira" ( olive tree ), "Pereira" ( pear tree ), "Salgueiro" ( willow tree), "Figueira" ( fig tree ), etc. In Portugal, these Jews were called "Cristãos-Novos" ( new Christians ). The Saenz coat of arms denotes a tree in line with this Jewish aspect, as well as two similar fruits on either side of the tree and opposing lions on the latter half of the shield, depicting duality involved in the root of the name.
Due to the Law of the Pure Blood some families hid their previous Jewish background from outsiders but practiced the traditions in secret through the generations. Some of this was done by conversing with close family members in the Judaeo-Spanish language, lighting candles on Friday evenings,and eating only kosher foods such as Pan de Semita. Over time the purpose of these traditions were lost but were still carried on due to being thought of as family tradition in itself.