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Thread: I have 2 questions for Lebanese Maronite Christians

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hajimurad View Post
    Do mountain Christians of all denominations (Tur-Abdin, Lebanon, Hakkari and other regions) trace their ancestry from famous cities of Middle East (Baghdad, Mosul, Antiochia, Damascus, Aleppo, Jerusalem etc)?
    Middle Eastern Christians are native to the respective areas they inhabit, unlike the Muslims. We don't trace our ancestry to just one specific city, since the whole region used to be Christian. And many of us have relatives spread across the region.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorgo View Post
    Other Levantine Christian surnames: Abdel Nour, Abdel Massih (Servant of Christ), Kassab, Fares, Karam, Saliba, Maalouf, Khalil, Salloum, Touma, Tannous, Antoun, Mikhael, Youssef, Yacoub, Younan

    As one can see, mostly a mix of Syriac, Arabized Biblical and Greek-derived names.


    One thing I noticed is that some Lebanese Christians (most likely Maronites) have Latin-derived surnames, which is unusual for other Levantine Christians: Romanos, Germanos, Frances, Stefan

    Other surnames I associate mostly with Lebanese Christians: Helou, Slim, Skaf, Harb, Sarkis, Aoun
    Wait so basically their surnames just got Arabinized?

    By the way, why do some of them have Latin sounding surnames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorgo View Post
    Arabization was imposed by force on Middle Eastern Christians, so a Christian 'Mansour' from the Levant and a Muslim 'Mansour' from North Africa or Arabia don't actually share the same lineages.

    Still, many Levantine Christian surnames are plain and simple Aramaic: Haddad, Semaan, Shamoun

    Some of Greek origin: Kyriacos, Constantin

    And of course Biblical ones, arabized or not: Elias, Boutros (Peter), Boulos (Paul), Hanna (John), Gebrael etc

    And of course the most common Levantine Christian surname, Khoury, which literally means Priest.

    Generally speaking it's very easy to tell if someone is Christian just by their names. Sometimes you can even guess if someone is Catholic or Orthodox.
    and the "the arabization" wasn't also imposed on the muslim/others ?

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    According to Israel, Arabs are just the Muslims surrounding them. They see Christian Levantines as non-Arab.

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