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Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy
Scroll down to where it says, "Find your Immigrant Ancestor."
Good luck with your search.
Either your ancestor himself or his fore-fathers immigrated first into
Germany. It may be a Huegenotte name, though not typical, or originating
from a spanish speaking country.
There are 8 entries, 6 from that in Hamburg, in the telephone directory,
most having typical spanish christian names like Jose Maria or Miguel.
Thanks for that information. I don't know much about the family
history, but my ancestor came from Germany, and what little we know
so far, there was quite a few immigrants from Germany with the name
De Lemos. In one Internet search, I found a web page about a "Henriette
De Lemos" who it said was from a prominent Jewish family named De
Lemos, that lived in Berlin. Her father was supposedly a well known
physician in Berlin in the 18th Century.
Ellis island records list numerous German De Lemos names.
Maybe at some point this family immigrated to Germany from a Spanish
An Internet search for
will get you about 19 hits to investigate.
Looks like there may be Sephardic Jewish connections.
You might try posting your query on
Read the instructions and follow them as well as you can for best results.
Joe in Texas
I can't help you with your german ancestors, but with some general
information on the surname "LEMOS" wich is spanish and portuguese.
Fancy genealogy origins the family in IIIth century with a Ordoñez,
lord of Lemos, but indeed is an old family. In Portugal, Lemos is
documented as a noble family since the XIIIth century and among
counts, viscounts and barons, some 20 use (or used) the surname Lemos.
In the XVth century Portugal and Spain divided the world between them,
and if you make a worlwide search for "Lemos" you will find the bigger
number of hits in old possessions of Spain (Phillipines, Mexico) and
In Portugal the surname appears alone "Lemos" or "e Lemos" or "de
Lemos" without special meaning. It simply happens that portuguese have
several surnames and use the particles "e" or "de" to connect them as
it sounds better; but when a portuguese emigrate as "de Lemos", german
and english speaking countries usually fix the surname as "De Lemos".
In the beggining of the XVIth century, as conditions of the marriage
contract of king Manuel I of Portugal with a princess of Spain,
Portugal agreed to banish the jews and to accept the inquisition (I am
carefully refraining to comment) but, much the "portuguese way" the
inquisition was delayed and the jews who accept the convertion to
christianism were allowed to stay. In baptism, they received christian
surnames, some of noble godfathers they had business or friendship
relations with. This is not the only, but is an important reason for
"Lemos" of jewish ancestry.
Years after king Manuel's death, the inquisition finally established
itself and started prosecuting these new converts (or new christians),
specially the wealthiest, and lots of them emigrate to escape prison
Just to finish, mainly in the XVIIth century, there was a well known
family of "cristãos-novos" new christians named Lemos, with a
significant number of medical doctors, in the portuguese province of
I wish you all the luck with your enquires.