I had often wondered about a possible Jewish connectin to the Maciel Family. On a Recent trip to Israel, my uncle discovered that the Maciel name might have a Jewish begening, or at least a branch of the family. he was told several times that the name meant "Torah seller". as the family origins are in France and Portugal, it is not a strech to think that some of your family ancestors where a part of the Sephardic Jews who fled durin the Reconquizta, inquisition, and Expulsion. My family has curly or wavy hair, pronounced noses adn range from tan skin to blond hair blue eyed, but all with the similar characteristics.