Mejia Family Genealogy Forum
Okay, I have read some of the threads and never knew Mejia could come from a Jewish background. I always believed it to be arabic. My reasoning comes from the word "almexia", which I saw in a medieval text a read, which means "the blanket/or sheet" ... al=the mexia=sheet. But this was my reasoning until I saw this threas...
"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 this case our last name Mejia would be of Jewish roots. This is because after the Jewish exodus in Spain those that stayed took on last names with from the names of saints or other christain things. And yes many jews did come to the new world.... as stated already by bribes and by buying a new pass.... you could do that back then. And if your family had aristocratic blood, that made you for likely to have jewish boold, because in spain the blue bloods would marry rich jews. Ferdiand The catholic King (husband to Isabel the catholic) had jwish blood.
Sorry I will continue this later....