Hi - Just thought I would add my two cents. My great grandfather Payan (Pay-yan) sailed to New York then to California in 1888 from Gap, Haute-Alpes, France. The Payan family still lives there as they have for several centuries. I have genealogy to my 6th grandfather Payan, b. 1743, Romette, France.
Even though my Medina family came from Mexico, history tells me they stopped in Spain, and originally came from Saudia Arabia. My Montalvo family came to Arizona from Mexico, but before that, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Lebanon.
"Our" families originally came from the Holy Land (Some say Africa) and surrounding areas, like Constantinople (formerly Istanbul), etc.
Yesterday, I spoke to a woman with the surname Payan
(pay-yahn) and her family is from Chihuahua, Mexico. She said her family came to Mexico from France when Emperor Maximilian came from France and ruled Mexico for three years, 1864-1867.
It is my understanding that the Mayan people came across the Bering Strait (?). But, they too had to come from the Holy Land originally.
I have always thought the Payan name would make a good study subject. The only sure way to know if we are from the same family is to get DNA tested through Family Tree DNA or ftdna.com.
Good luck with your research.
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