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  1. Conversonoun

    (medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion


  1. conversonoun

    A Jew in Spain or Portugal who converted to Roman Catholicism under duress, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries.


  1. Converso

    A converso (Spanish: [komˈbeɾso]; Portuguese: [kõˈvɛɾsu]; feminine form conversa), "convert", (from Latin conversvs 'converted, turned around') was a Jew who converted to Catholicism in Spain or Portugal, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries, or one of his or her descendants. To safeguard the Old Christian population and make sure that the converso "New Christians" were true to their new faith, the Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in Spain in 1478. The Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella expelled the remaining openly practising Jews by the Alhambra decree of 1492, following the Christian Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain. However, even a significant proportion of these remaining practising Jews chose to join the already large converso community rather than face exile.Conversos who did not fully or genuinely embrace Catholicism, but continued to practise Judaism in secrecy, were referred to as judaizantes ("Judaizers") and pejoratively as marranos ("swine"). New Christian converts of Muslim origin were known as moriscos. Unlike Jewish conversos, moriscos were subject to an edict of expulsion even after their conversion to Catholicism, which was implemented severely in Valencia and in Aragón and less so in other parts of Spain.Conversos played a vital role in the 1520–1521 Revolt of the Comuneros, a popular uprising in the Crown of Castile against the rule of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.


  1. converso

    A converso is a term used to refer to Jews who converted to Christianity in Spain or Portugal, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries. The term is also applicable to their descendants. The coerced religious conversion and aftermath is a significant part of the history of Sephardi Jews.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Converso is ranked #156044 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Converso surname appeared 104 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Converso.

    97.1% or 101 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of converso in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of converso in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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