SephardicGen: 30 medieval ketubot, an index

SephardicGen.com has now posted a database of 104 surnames from 30 medieval ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) originating in 14 communities in medieval Hispanic kingdoms, from the book by the late Professor Jose Luis Lacave.

See the index here.

An expert in Semitic philology and the history of the Jews in Christian Spain. Lacave gathered 30 ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) from 14 communities in various medieval Hispanic kingdoms.

He examined the historical and legal aspects of the documents and includes in his research a study of each one and a detailed comparison between them. The book includes illustrations of the ketubot in full color.

The index includes given names, year, locality and occasional annotations. The 14 communities are Barcelona, Bellpuig, Borja, Cervera, Ciudad de Malljorca, Jaca, Manresa, Milagro, Montbui, Segura de Leon, Torrelobaton (Vallodolid), Tudela and Valencia.

Here are the nine names for Barcelona and example of what the index shows for each:

ABEN BASA, Astruga, 1386, “Barcelona 1, p.31”
CABRIT, Moshe b.Yehuda, 1386, “Barcelona 1, p.31” (Note: royal surgeon; 1392: converted called Gabriel BONI)
CAP, Abraham, 1261, “Barcelona 5, p.34”
CARCASONI, Astruga b. Reuven, 1390, “Barcelona 2, p.32”
CORAYE, Blanca, 1343, “Barcelona 4, p.34”
DALELL, Yzhak b. Yehuda, 1343, “Barcelona 4, p.34”
LECIMI, Astruga, 1383, “Barcelona 1, p.31”
SHALTIEL HEN, Yehuda, 13th century, “Barcelona 6, p.36”
SULLAM, Samuel, 1390, “Barcelona 2, p.32”

There are 25 names (and additional names for the individual) for the city of Tudela:

ABASI (Abenabez), DE ABLITAS, ALBORGE, ALCASTIEL, ALPARGA, AYNCON (Ainzon), AZAFAR, BEN CIDA (Vencida), BEN MENIR (EvenMenir), BENDEUT (Ben Daud), BENJAMIL (Ben Jamil, Ben Gamel), BENZOAR (Benzohar, Evenzohar), CAMIZ, COCOLEQ (Cocola), EFLAH, FALAQUERA, FARACH, GABAY, GALAF (EvenGalaf), GORMEZANO, GRISA (De La Grisa), HANONI, NAZIR (Annazir, Abennazir), DE LA RABICA, and SARSHALOM.

There are 11 names from Valencia:

ABEN ISAMAILAT, AGOL, ALHUYAT, AYUB, CABALMALE, COHEN BAHBATI, COHIL MORCAT, HAPAROS, TANNIRA and UMRACH.

There are 11 names from Ciudad de Mallorca:

ADDA, ALATZARACH, AL-AZRAQ, ALMAGUILI, BEN ADDE, DAYEN, MALEQUI, DELS PILAS, SALADI and SES PORTES.

Always read the FAQ for each database on SephardicGen, which provides tips for searching and more about the index or the original work from which the index was taken.

More is coming up on additional SephardicGen databases.

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