Re: Re Karo/Caro as a surname #general


In a message dated 3/3/2002 6:08:14 PM Eastern Standard Time, Chava Agmon,
writing for Caro Family Research ( writes:

<< . . . . [m]ost Ashkenasi Caro-s are written only Kof-Reish-Alef . . .
As we deal in *Jewish* genealogy, the name is . . . . originally a
*Hebrew* term-but this means it is neither Ashkenasi nor Sephardi. The
multitude of spelling variations and changes appeared only much later
during the long period of exile after the destruction of the 2nd Temple. >>

==I take this to mean that K/Caro was a Hebrew name in use during the
Second Temple period and prior to the Exile. I would be very interested
in hearing of the occurences of the name prior to the settlement of Jews
in the Hispanic Peninsula. Was it a Hebrew name or was it Aramaic? What
is the source?

Of course many "Ashkenazi" names had origins in "Sephardi" centers in
Spain and Provense. The Yiddish "Yenta" is one amusing example

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