Hi - Kenneth Joubert from Canada.I was born in South Africa; left there 50 years ago. My family have resided in SA for about 300 years! They descended from Pierre Jaubert who was a Huguenot from provence, Southern France.I have visited the village of La Motte d'Aigues on the Luberon hillside in Provence. I have traced the family back to 1600; and are working on taking it back farther. I expect they were part of the Vaudois tribes who lived in the mountains of Swiss, France and Italy.
I am also tracing a "missing" relative who fled from france in 1687; travelled to Holland as a refugee; and then may have gone to the USA in 1688. Initiall, when he arrived in NY he could not read or write; his name was mispelled as Joubert;but later his kids had surnames of JABARE and other mis-pronounciations. I managed to trace the family back a generation of two before losing them. Some went to Lousiana; others stayed in Delaware and New Jersey.I would like help in following the names in the USA.
The Arabs (Moors) did invade Spain and enentually covered most of the Spanish nation except a couple of well fortified cities in the mountains.The Moorish influence is still seen in many of the beautiful palaces and buildings in Spain. Eventually, the King of Spain increased his power by marrying into another territory; and the combined forces forced the Moors out of the country - as well as the Jews - at the same time!
Catalonia - a province of Spain eventually overlapped much of southern France - the Catalans! Even today they have a lot of influence in the southern parts of Spain, France and Italy. Catalan food is to die for...
Hope this helps.I would like to follow up on the JABARE and JUBAR names!Where are you located ?
kenneth Joubert 1492 Fiddick Crescent, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC V9X1P5fAX CANADA 250 722-3185