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.


  1. I am an E1b1b1 (M35). My ancestors came from Spain to Argentina many centuries ago. In Spain there have been Jews with the same last name as I have: Saravia. “Saravia” is a Visigothic word that means “road”, and was adopted as a last name by Visigoths that lived in Cantabria near 1000 AD. I had my genetic test done in 2006, but it was just a few days ago that I learned that Albert Einstein belonged to the same haplogroup as I do. Really surprising!

  2. Wow, very very interesting. Sephardic also .... Salgueiro E1b1b1-a1b. There were family stories that said we were jewish. And we celebrate many of the Holidays. Awesome.

  3. A while back, I was told my family crest had a tree/bagms with two leaves beside it. I had the understanding the name was neolithic. Because in gauthic Saenz/saiands means one who sows. In other words a crop grower. The dialect is different apparently. Periodically it shifted into a latinish dialect . The (sai)ands is the root and ands is suffix. Sai is pronounced like say.

    1. Sae has a high pitch to its pronunciation. I wonder what Saenz sounds like in semantic?

    2. I mean semitic. That would also mean we are the descendants shem pretty much. Maybe even a slight jafeth

    3. Noah's sons are every where.