Thank you for your comments. Your statement now becomes a question. When is a name a Sephardic name? The answer is, when the FACTS are so overwhelming that there is little or no room to doubt. Who were the experts in identifying Sepahrdic names for the purpose of separating the population of Spain into the Catholic and Jewish groups? The Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain, of course. These are the people who administered the inquisition. I would have been an unforgiveable sin to classify Jews as Catholics and Catholics as Jews.
Allow me go provide some facts using the names you provided;
Perez and the variant Peres are Jewish names. The name appears in the Old Testiment of the Holy Bible. The name was Jewish thousands of years prior to a country called Spain. In addition my site provides 32 other references attesting to the name. These records include Jewish religious records, Inquistion records and the records of the Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain.
Sanches and Sanchez; There are 7 references provided including Jewish records and including the records of the Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain.
Rodriquez and Rodriques: There are 28 records attesting to the Jewishness of this name. There were 69 people named Rodriques who appeared before the inquisition court in Brazil. If these people were not of Jewish origin, the Church made a terrible mistake. There are 28 references listed to including the Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain. It was customary for the Sephardi to name their children after king to show their loyalty. Rodriques = son of Rodrigo, a Vistogothic king.
Escobar: While only 4 references are listed, the most reliable one, the Holy Office of the Catholic Church is one of them.
De Burgos: After conversion, many Sephardim were given the names of the towns in which they were converted. Pablo de Burgos was one of the more famous converts. He became a Bishop in the Catholic Church. There are also four references for this name, including the ever present Holy Office of the Catholic Church.
De Toledo and Toledo: Same as above -- a converso name. 12 references are provided to include the Catholic Church.
Please understand. My site and comments are not for the purpose of separating Catholic and Jew. That has already been accomplished 500 years ago. What I am trying to do is provide interested genealogists another avenue of research. In about 1492, it was estimated that approximately 25% of the population was Sephardi.
Again, I thank you for your interest.
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