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Re: Ferdinands from Scotland to West Indies?
Posted by: David Ferdinando Date: April 12, 2000 at 09:22:17
In Reply to: Ferdinands from Scotland to West Indies? by Les Ferdinand of 19

Hello Les,
I have Ferdinando, Ferdinands and Ferdinand in my tree back to 1642 in the UK, mainly in and around London until around 1850 when they seem to have dispersed around the UK. Whilst I have found a Ferdinand in Scotland, no Ferdinands but the spelling is bad throughout the records especially with a name like ours.
My ancestor looks like he came from Portugal expelled following 1492 expulsion of the Sephardic Jews who had lived in Iberia for hundreds of years. He arrived in UK via the Canary Islands, Rouen in France and probably Amsterdam. Many Sepahrdim went via the Azores to the West Indies. There is a lot of information about this on a long with a list of those surnames. Ferdinando is not amongst them as it stands now, we found that it was a changed name, originally Fernandes-Carvajal and he named his son Ferdinando and that has come down through the years almost unchaged although some have lost the "O" on the end and some do have "S" at the end although I am inclined to believe that it is spelling mistakes in the records more often than not.

I hope this helps? Drop me a mail if you'd like to know any more


David Ferdinando


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