Re: Nunes da Costa - Possible Sephardim? #sephardic

David Mendoza

Nunes da Costa is a Portuguese name, also used by Sephardim. The statistical probability is that the family was not Jewish. Don't know about Galicia, but there were certainly New Christians from northern Portugal in Brazil around that time.

You don't say where he was in Brazil. Presumably you have checked the Portuguese Inquisition archives. It may be worth looking at the Amsterdam notarial archives. USP is the centre of Sephardic studies in Brazil. Ask the question in The Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook, which is where Sephardic genealogists gather.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza

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