Ola Jose Flavio, tudo azul? Minha trizavo era Carlota Augusta Vidal, morreu no Rio de Janeiro no 17 de Fev de 1871. My great...granny was Carlota Augusta Vidal, who married Richard Greenhalgh (born Feb 20, 1798 in Bury, Lancashire, England). He was the uncle of Brazilian national hero Guilherme Greenhalgh, cadet (guarda-marinha) dead at 19, in 1865, in Riachuelo battle against Paraguay. Check out Greenhalgh on "genforum". I suppose she came from Spain, but she, or her family, could have come from either the Azores, the Canaries (Palma de Mallorca, or Teneriffe like some Machados who escaped persecution by the Inquisition), or France as well. I especially like the vidal message sites # 26,112,33, 56,55,43. I believe there was also a Vidal "fille du roi" (Louis XIV ) who emigrated to Quebec Province in Canada circa 1679. Check out Parenteau name on genforum, which leads to "filles du roi", or see google search engine. This vidal #26 gives Roman origins. #112 gives Sephardic Jews origin. Toledo, south of Madrid, was built as almost a New Jerusalem, and holds lots of Sephardic history and museums. Basically, Vidal comes from "vida" = "haim= chaim= hime= hymes,...=life, in Hebrew. It is mostly a name like Joe or Bob,..., but is also used as a surname, a family name, sobrenome in Portuguese, appelido in Spanish, like Rabbi Haim or Hymes who married my grand aunt Iva Macedo Soares Machado Guimaraes in early 1900s, in Sao Paulo. During the Inquisitions from 1198 to 1832, Sephardic Jews were forced, by torture, etc, into converting to Catholicism and , I believe, after 1492, into changing their names. However, Vidal is still the equivalent of Chaim in Hebrew, although Sephardics spoke "ladino", while Ashkenazis spoke "yeddish", each having different recipes of foods. Perez is also a Sephardic name. Vidal Sassoon is nothing more than very common Jewish name Haim Sassoon, which goes way back in history. I wonder if the original Vidal, Vittalis in Rome (see #26) was also a Jew who converted, or simply an Italian native.