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Re: trying to comprehend
Posted by: Jose T. Mejia Date: November 09, 1999 at 03:45:02
In Reply to: trying to comprehend by joel mejias of 320

There are many variants of the same name. At the start, the name was Mexias the Spanish way of writing Messiah, The Savior. The spelling changed from X to J or S later (Mexico to Mejico), then Mejías and Mesías. Some people use Megia or Megias. And of course, Mejia that is my last name.

In the phone book of Guayaquil, Ecuador, there are 319 names listed as Mejía, 28 as Mesías and 0 listed as Mejías. En San José, Costa Rica, there are 294 Mejía and 107 Mejías. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2/3 are Mejías and 1/3 Mejía, but they claim that all the Mejía are foreigners.

In 1803 there were several Mexía associated with the botanical expedition of Celestino Mutis that wrote a book on the Flora de Nueva Granada.

The phone books of several countries are very informative about the variations of Mejía.

Probably it was a Sephardic name (Spanish Jews) and there was a Mejía in New Spain (Mexico) that was processed by the Spanish Inquisition because he was Jew. That does not mean the all the Mejía are Jews.

In fact, there were Mejía that were aristocrats like a Francisca Mejía in Cuba. Since Jews were not allowed to come the the New World, Mejía in The Americas could not be Jews, but again, we know the case of that guy in Mexico that was processed as Jews.


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