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Re: Mejia as a Sephardic name.
Posted by: Jose Mejia (ID *****3452) Date: December 15, 2003 at 14:53:23
In Reply to: Re: Mejia as a Sephardic name. by Vicente Mejia of 320

I did not want to antagonize you or anybody else. I wrote a general message using my name and surnames as example because I did not want to offend anybody. I tried to establish that having a name or surname that sound Sephardic is not enough to call a person Jewish. I do not have anything against Jews, but I do not like extrapolating etymologies to claim a Sephardic inheritance that may not exist.

You are not fair by writing that “I enjoy your statements, but you obviously do not know much about the historical background of the name Mejia or history of the Spanish people in general, as a matter of fact you are lacking in general history.” That is plainly accusing me to defend your points of view. You converted my general message in a personalized one and that was not my intention.

Therefore, I do not want to argue with you. Let me say to our readers that my switching between first names and surnames is justified by the mere existence of patronymics. And what I said about the etymology of Megia was taken from Dictionario de Apellidos Españoles written by Roberto Faure, María Asunción Ribes and Antonio García (Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 2001). They can look up the Mejía-Mejías surname in page 511 or even read about the origin of their own surnames. They will learn that I am right about an alternate origen of the Mejia surname different from the Sephardic you are taken for granted.

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