LEIPZIG - Jewish name? #general

Susana Leistner Bloch

We are posting this message on behalf of Marco Leizico Nobre. The message
was received in Portuguese. This is the translation:

<< I have very little knowledge of the Jewish religion. I was raised as a
Catholic, like most people in Portugal. However, it seems to me that one
of my last names was originally Jewish, and I would like to know if you
can corroborate this. The name is LEIZICO, however this spelling has only
been used by one generation prior to mine. Before that, it was spelled
LEIPZIG. My father's first name is Benjamin and the name Jacob also
appears in our family. Names not typically Portuguese but often used by
Jewish people.

My mother's family always talked about the New Christians, who we all
know were originally Jewish. But this name refers to my father's family.
His father passed away a long time ago, but left us with many stories
about his family. I remember stories about previous generations running
away >from czarist Russia at the end of the 19th century, going to Germany,
then running away >from Germany and going part to Israel and part to Spain.
One group ended up leaving Spain during the civil war and came to Portugal.
All this was told to me by my parents, and they got these stories >from my

We were always told not to talk about these things with my grandmother,
nor discuss the origins of our name, because this could bring us unwanted
consequences in the future. When confronted, my grandmother would tell us
that these stories were all lies, but we think it is because she did not
want us to dig any further into our (maybe) Jewish past.

I would like to know if the name LEIPZIG is a Jewish name, and in that
case, learn more about the Jewish people and history.

Thank you in advance for any help,

Marco Leizico Nobre >>

If you can help Marco, please reply to:
< sbloch@jewishgen.org >

Thank You

Susana Leistner Bloch
Project Manager
JewishGen International Desk

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