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Moorish Culture in Spain and Elsewhere

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This project is about exactly what it says. The Moors conquered Spain about 700 A.D. and stayed there for over 700 years. We will talk about how Moorish culture affected the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and all their colonies and colonists. (http://spains-moors.blogspot.com/ ).

There were at least three (3) sets of Muslim/Moslem Moors: the Arabic Moors, Black or African Moors (hence the term, "blackamoor," or Black as a Moor) and even White Moors. (See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blackamoor and http://www.thefreedictionary.com/blackamoor).

Moorish Surnames

To this day, we have people (mostly Spanish/Latin in origin) with Moor-related surnames, and even first names.

"Jeri as a last name I can't find the origin or meaning. Could be Sabah al Jeri, or Jery, or Jericho. Apparently inmigrants came from Europe to South America on 1800 or before. Any help I will appreciate. Thanks, David." (https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=16874001&postID=112708095240156940&bpli=1).

A few surnames that come to mind are in three categories:

  1. Religious: Medina
  2. Arabic Al=the: Alvarado, Alhambra, Alvarez
  3. Arabic Z: Zambrano

More Moorish surnames?! Do you recognize your name or someone else's?

A

  • Alarcon
  • Albarran
  • Albanes
  • Albiter
  • Albizures
  • Alburez
  • Alameda
  • Alameida
  • Alanis
  • Alaniz
  • Alayza
  • Aldaba
  • Aldabeh
  • Albarado
  • Albarico (?)
  • Albavera
  • Albidrez
  • Albornos
  • Albornoz

M

  • Medina

Z

  • Zambrano
  • Zamora
  • Zamornno
  • Zamorar
  • Zumudio
  • Zaragosa (?)

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Moorish first names

  • Zoraida