The Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection
Jewish Surnames from the Periodical Sefarad 1941-2007
The Arias B. Montano Institute is part of Spain's Superior Council of Scientific Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas). In 1941 the Institute began publishing a bi-annual academic periodical entitled Sefarad that continues to this day. The journal was first dedicated to the research of Jews in Spain upto the 1492 Expulsion and occasionally a bit beyond that date. Several years ago its focus was enlarged and it presently also covers Hebrew studies and Mediterranean Jews.
- Name spelling was not yet fixed and the surnames are found under various orthographic forms or with various prefixes
- Some surnames composed of two words may be found either as a single word or as two words
- Patronymic names (Isaac ben Yacov ben Yehuda) seem to have disappeared among Sephardic Jews
- Similarly toponymic or place surnames are rare. Many of today's toponymic Sephardic surnames appear to have been adopted after the expulsion, first as nicknames.
We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential.
In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.
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