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Posted by: Jack Keilo (ID *****1880) Date: July 06, 2002 at 14:48:15
In Reply to: Re: HADAD by ARIEL BARRERA of 3600

Dear Ariel:
Before 1920, there was no real independent Lebanon, all actual Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Southern Turkey were named "Syria".
The surnames in Syria and Lebanon are the same because the families are the same (half of my family are in Lebanon and the other half is in Syria), and all the Christians in Syria and Lebanon are relatives in a way! So Haddad is well known in both Syria and Lebanon.
We say "Tannous" or "Tanios" in Syria and Lebanon to "Antonio"; it's a very popular name among Christians.
In Syria you can find Maronites and in Damascus has many Maronites from ancient times so it's possible that your grandfather was from Damascus (may be his family was from Lebanon but migrated to Damascus).
Mansour is a popular surname her, it means Vincent.
I think that Hafat Devian is a place in Damascus , and near Damascus there is an environs which name is Kfar Susa ( Kfar is a Syrian word means site),perhaps it's yours?
If you can tell me the correct spelling of these names and I can find them on the map of Damascus.
Now and very now you can say that I am Arab, Christian Arab, my ancestors were from Lebanon and came to Syria 200 years ago, but my ethnic roots are not Arab, 700 years ago my ancestors were Greeks or Crusaders or Aramaic ľas it's said- but the family of my mother is originated in Ghassanids.
Give me a correct spelling or more information if you can and I can find these sites on the map or ask about them in Damascus ( I will go to Damascus after 15 days-for a vacation- and there I can ask some questions about the family Haddad).
Best regards

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