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Albán #Galicia #Sephardic

Juan Fernández Delgado
 

Hi Mi name is Juan Fernández ,my family ALbán, is from Sephardic Jews, who left Galicia for Ecuador, 400 years ago, does anyone know the origin of the surname Albán and its Genealogy in SPAIN?
Thank you
Juan Fernández
jugafer@...

Sally Bruckheimer
 

You need to work back from the people you know, to find out who your ancestors were. People changed their surnames at times, often to hide relationship to Jewish families. You can't go by a random person 500 years ago with that surname.

Dov Sandy
 

In case you don't get helpful responses here as it's so new, may I suggest posting your question on Facebook Group  "Tracing the Tribe".  Tracing the Tribe has over 30,000 members and there's likely someone who can help you.
 
Best regards,
Sandy 

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lkelley49@...
 

Hello, Juan,
Galicians speak a language similar to Portuguese and Spanish, and 
Alban might have been the surname your ancestors assumed when they lived in Galicia, or when they sailed from Galicia to Ecuador 400 years ago. 
One of the meanings of Alban is "white." Alban might be a surname taken to substitute for "White." This could have referred to white hair, a white house, etc.
Behind the Name says:  From the Roman cognomen Albanus, which meant "from Alba". Alba (from Latin albus "white") was the name of various places within the Roman Empire, including the city Alba Longa. This name was borne by Saint Alban, the first British martyr (4th century). According to tradition, he sheltered a fugitive priest in his house. When his house was searched, he disguised himself as the priest, was arrested in his stead, and was beheaded. As an English name, Alban was occasionally used in the Middle Ages and was revived in the 18th century, though it is now uncommon.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA