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German surname De Lemos

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Mark Shippy

Aug 7, 2003, 11:20:14 PM8/7/03

I have a Great Grandfather, Adolph K. De Lemos who
immigrated to America from Germany in 1864. I don't
know where to start, but I would like to attempt to
trace his history in Germany, to learn about the De
Lemos name and family.
When he came to America he opened a music publishing
business and perhaps a music store, both in New Jersey.
I actually have some of the sheet music he published,
but I know very little about his life or history.
Anyone in this newsgroup have any ideas how I could
trace that history back to Germany?
Thanks in advance for any help or ideas......


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Music publishing & commercial printing

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Aug 8, 2003, 1:14:19 AM8/8/03
Hello Mark,
You can find some ideas about how to locate an immigrant's hometown in
Germany here...

Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy

Scroll down to where it says, "Find your Immigrant Ancestor."

Good luck with your search.


Bernd J. Kaup

Aug 8, 2003, 6:54:38 AM8/8/03
The name De Lemos is definitely not a german name.

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.


Mark Shippy

Aug 8, 2003, 9:11:53 AM8/8/03

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
speaking country.

Joe Pessarra

Aug 8, 2003, 10:03:28 AM8/8/03
Hi Mark,

An Internet search for

"De Lemos"+genealogy+Germany

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.

Good luck.

Joe in Texas

Ad van Moolenbroek

Aug 8, 2003, 5:21:41 PM8/8/03
In the telephone directory of Holland only one entry "De Lemos" in
Best regards,

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F.Tavares de Almeida

Aug 13, 2003, 3:44:24 PM8/13/03
Mark Shippy <> wrote in message news:<>...

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
Portugal (Brasil).
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
or worse.
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.

Aug 21, 2017, 6:47:42 PM8/21/17
Hello ,

I am not sure if your going to get this reply since this post was so long ago..My name is Renee Delemos. I am the daughter of Dante Delemos who was born in Dominican Republic and moved into the US at age 2. His father has pasted a while back which he did not really know and I recently found out that my father has 10 other half siblings that he has never met. I only know of one name Predo Freiz and I am trying to find some kind of history or information on the rest of them. If there is anything you can share that would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

eduardo de lemus

Jul 8, 2022, 11:00:08 PM7/8/22
Hi! my surename is De Lemos. I live in the Republic of Panama. I know that my grandfather born in Panama, but his father born in Spain, in Monforte De Lemos, Galicia. I am trying to establish my ties with Spain to apply for citizenship for being of Sephardic descent.
my email

eduardo de lemus

Jul 8, 2022, 11:07:22 PM7/8/22
El lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017 a la(s) 17:47:42 UTC-5, escribió:
hola, reneed. sé que la familia de lemos migró desde españa, monforte de lemos, galicia. salieron de españa, pasaron por republica dominicana, y algunos llegaron a panamá. aquí, se emparentaron con la familia toledano. mi bisabuelo josé de lemos toledano, segunda generación de los salidos de españa. tambien estoy tratando de ubicar mi linea ancestral de lemos.

eduardo de lemus

Jul 8, 2022, 11:09:51 PM7/8/22
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