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Marcia Karp wrote:
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>     "Pereira"  is Portugeuse in origin, and means "peartree" in English;
> someone named "Pereira" is likely to be a Sephardic Jews.  It was taken
> as a surname by Jews who were forced to become Christians.


Victor Perera
The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey
University of California Press

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0520206525/104-5680546-2913566?v=glance

Regards,
   Rick Parker