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Re: Musse or Muzze originary from Baalbeck???
Posted by: Nelson Jorge (ID *****5706) Date: September 22, 2002 at 05:51:21
In Reply to: Musse or Muzze originary from Baalbeck??? by Nahim Jorgge of 3600

I think the name you're looking for is MUSA, alternatively spelled MOUSSA (in English or French). It's a biblical name = Moses (Moises in Spanish). It is not really a last name but it may be used as such. In that case, it can be from anywhere in Lebanon, it is not specific to an area. It is used by both Christian and Muslim.

It is more likely that MUSA was a patronymic (father's first name). In Arabic, your father's first name automatically becames your second name (and sometimes your paternal grandfather's first name is added as your third name).

For instance, my great-grandfather's full name was Jerjes Tannous al-Hosni. His family name was al-Hosni and his father's first name was Tannous.

His first son was named Mitri and became MItri Jerjes Tannous al-Hosni. His second son (my grandfather) was Tannous Jerjes Tannous al-Hosni. When they emigrated to Uruguay, they shortened their names to make it easier to translate so they both became DEMETRIO JORGE and ANTONIO JORGE. This is a fair rendition of their Arabic first names but the real family name (al-Hosni) was not translated and survived only in the family oral history. There are many JORGES in Latin America and many of them are of Portuguese or Spanish origin. Therefore, last names like JORGE or MUSA are not any good for a genealogist unless you find out the real family name!

Good luck,

Nelson Jorge (al-Hosni)

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