Posted By:Patricia Baydoun
Subject:Re: Looking for Helou family from Jezzine, Lebanon
Post Date:November 03, 2012 at 15:27:13
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Forum:Lebanon Genealogy Forum
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Hi Candice,
I type this reply to your message from 2005 hoping that it will still reach you. My Father Elias Baydoun was born in Jezzine Lebanon in 1923. He emigrated to the Americas by ship (name unknown), landed in New York were he was met by family living in Brooklyn. From there traveled to Mexico to a small community of Maronite Lebanese from Jezzine. There he married and raised our family eventually traveling to Sydney Australia in 1972 to reunite with his younger brother and other extended family.

I have read your other posts regarding the Asmar family and want to ad that Elias Baydoun's siblings who remained in Jezzine (Maroun, Saide, Butros, Georgette and Hana) all at some stage altered their family name from Baydoun to Asmar sometime before or during the Lebanese Civil War. The story, as I understand it, goes that the original family name Asmar (Prieto in Spanish) was Maronite in origin, whereas Baydoun is a Muslim name (and also happened to be their father's or grandfather's 'nickname' derived from the arabic word for egg 'Beida'. It was given to him because her had fair skin). My father was a Maronite, he passed away aged 87 in 2011 in Sydney Australia. Tanos Asmar was his uncle, his Father's Brother I believe. My father, Elias Baydoun sometime ago told us that he was related to the Slim-Helou Family in Mexico City, and was intermitently in-touch with them. But I am not clear of the genealogy. He told me that his family name was Asmar from both sides of the family (mother and father), it is possible that one or both my grandparents may have changed their names at some stage from Baydoun to Asmar for one reason or another (political expediency, or cultural reasons).