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The Seda and Irizarry Family from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico Updated March 28, 2011
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In the meantime I will mail to you a copy of the entire list of your Irizarry grandparents descendants. Probably in your own research you have come across the fact that the name Irizarry sometimes used to be spelled Yrizarry (which in fact appears on Gigi's father's own birth certificate). In addition, you probably know that their are two explanations of the origin of the name. One is that it is from the Basque country in northeastern Spain. The other is that it is a derivative of the word Israel or Ysrael and is associated with some of the Jews that crossed southern Europe on their way eventually to Spain during the period of the mass exodus from Israel more than 2000 years ago. This fact is particularly interesting in that older family members acknowledge that once the family was Jewish but that they don't wish to speak about it any more. I'm sure you are aware that several family members have married Jews and/or have converted (perhaps reverted is more appropriate) to the Jewish faith. This part of the family history is particularly difficult to research as all Jews were banished from Spain in 1492 and those who kept their faith took it into such deep secrecy that they've covered virtually all traces of it ... in order to save theirlives!
Gigi and I were fortunate enough to travel across the Pyrenees into France and visited the tiny village of Irizarry in the French Basque countryside! We have photos and video footage of our visit. We toured the church graveyard but did not find any Irizarrys on the gravestones. Indeed in the explanation of the origin of the name Irizarry it mentions that the family seat was located close to the Spanish town of Yanci which is between Pamplona and San Sebastian -- both of which are fascinating cities!
We have had internet conversations with various people who are also researching their Irizarry ancestry but none of them, as yet, have found connections to this particular Irizarry family! In other words, there are a heck of a lot of Irizarrys out there! We have heard that many congregate in Boise, Idaho for the great annual Basque festival!
Well enough for now! It is very easy to get caught up in the research! Here is your family page as mentioned:
Taken in The State Of Florida in July 10, 2010 (60 KB) At a family reunion in Florida with some cousins. My Family...From Left To Right. My Daughter-In-Law Yessury (Sury) Quinones, My son John George Seda, My Grandson Ethan Seda 2 years old, Dad Harry Irizarry Seda, My Daughter Teresa Vasilia Seda and My Son-In-Law Andrew (AJ) Nick