Mejia Family Genealogy Forum
Actually, Anybody who has the last name of Mejia or any other variant would have had a jewish ancester. The Jewish blood does run through us. All Jews when they converted (or keep their faith hidden) took up last names that had to do with holy catholic symbols. For example a person with the last name of Cruz. They would do this to prove they they were not facting the fact that they were coverted and very faithful (many books are avaliable on this subject...all names escape me) If we are to believe that our last name means Messiah, then it would mean our ancestors were jewish. Especially if you were an aristrocrat. Jose T. Mejia is incorrect in stating "there were Mejía that were aristocrats like a Francisca Mejía in Cuba."
If you read any history book about Spain you would know that the aristocrats in Spain (even of every country) would marry Jews. Their children would be Jewish by blood not by faith. There came a point when people would make refrences to themselves as an "old christian" or a "new christian". Old ones where the ones that had no jewish ties and the only ones that could do this were peasants that lived out in country side. While, everybody made fun of aristrocrats and city dewllers calling them "new christians" because every-body very well knew that it was difficult not to have Jewish ties in the cities and mid-sized towns. By this time all noblity would have had jewish ties because many only had a title and no money which was what the Jewish and moorish community had.
Then, Jose T Mejia states "Since Jews were not allowed to come the the New World, Mejía in The Americas could not be Jews" which as everybody knows is untrue. Many did come, as faithfull catholics, others hiding their jewish faith and falsifying their documents. There are many known cases of this. Otherwise, why would there be a case for the Inquistion in the New World? (yes I know about the need to convert the Indians) but also their are offical Church cases of Jews found in the new world. Therefore, I believe that we as Mejias should accept this and move on.