Dear Ario, I was fascinated to read your posting on the name Salazar and its potentially Jewish origins as another route to finding our ancestors. I have of course come across the Sephardic connection before, but have never assumed that the name was originally Lazar..... Very interesting. I know that Spain has always been full of charlatans willing to supply anyone with a made up family tree of christian origin in order to obscure Jewish and Converso ancestry. In fact if we were Sephardic Jews then we did a very good job of disguising the fact.... In 15th C France the head of the whole Roman Catholic church was the Archbishop and grand prelate Tristan de Salazar. The other bizarre fact is that there are thousands of references to the Salazars from the 12th C onwards which state that we are one of the oldest and noblest of all Spanish families.in fact there is a 15th c saying about the family that goes " There is no family in Spain more noble nor more ancient nor more cursed by bad luck as the Salazars" If you have read any of my postings you will see that the legend claims that we are descended from one of the first Christian martyrs Saint Laurence but of course this too could be a wonderful story invented to hide our Jewish ancestry and to avoid the dreadful pogroms instigated by that haridan Queen Isabella. I was wondering if you could let me know of your sources for this information... I am at present trying to write a History of the family.
Best regards in hoping that you receive this message.