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  •  We might have some Portuguese ... (3+ / 0-)

    Or at least that's what a couple of amateur genealogists with that surname somewhere in their family tree have suggested.  More specifically, the suggestion is Sephardic Jews who left Portugal for the Low countries.

    There's also a street on Staten Island with the same name - linked to a Revolutionary War era New York family, which might lend credence to the Dutch part of the hypothesis above.

    One the other hand, my Grandfather's family came from Central Europe (and wasn't Jewish) - so I'm guessing it's just a coincidence.

    My mother's family has been in America for almost four centuries - so who knows ...

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