Subject: Re: Surname: Israel
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: July 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Reply to: Re: Surname: Israel by Alexanna

Of course, but we are discussing the origin of names, including place of origin. Benjamin Disraeli, for instance, had a surname that originated in Italy. Most Jews who migrated to the UK in the modern era came with names not familiar to the natives.
The official version of British Jewish history has Jews, still without hereditary surnames, expelled from England in the Middle Ages. The later migration and settlement begins in the 17th century, as Jews from the Low Countries made their homes here. They were of Spanish origin and had names such as Lindo and Mendoza.

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