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HISTORY OF BETHLEHEM FAMILIES ...

The 'little town' of Bethlehem may be the only city in the world known to almost everybody, since it is famous for being the traditional birth place of Jesus.

Christians all around the world resonate its name around Christmas time, but very few if any know about this ancient city.

Clans of Bethlehem

The families of the city of Bethlehem belong to clans which is a group of families who have originally come from the same ancestor.

In Bethlehem there are seven major clans of which one is a Moslem.  These seven clans are listed below with the number of families that belong to each clan:

Anatreh (17), Farahiyeh (62), Fawaghreh (19), Hreizat (22), Najajreh (35), Qawawseh (14), and Tarajmeh (27).  Further, there are the Syriac Community of Bethlehem with a total number of  91families.  Of all of the above clans and, only the families of the Fawaghreh Clan are Moslem; the rest are Christian with all their denominations.

Following is the list of families in each clan as recorded in the Bethlehem Latin Parish.  The Fawaghreh as well as the Syriac listings were extracted from the Arab Women's Union Club monthly newsletter, "Bethlehem Newsletter" issue of April 1993 page 11.

It has to be noted that some clans have sub-sections who belong to a certain family within that clan.  This is mostly evident in the Farahiyeh and Najajreh clans:

1. Families of the Anatreh Clan

Bandak, Bandak-Barakeh, Bandak-Khubez, Bandak-Masihi, Bandak-Qteish, Bandak-Saloumeh, Bandak-Tafesh, Burbara, Freij, Huzeineh, Mitri, Qanawati, Raheb, Saba, Shahin, Shamiyeh, and Wardeh

2. Families of the Farahiyeh Clan

2.a Farahiyeh clan families with no sub-clan:

Aakel, Elias, Habash, Haroun, Kattan, Sa'adeh, and  Saq'an

2.b Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Ghanem sub-clan:

Abu Jarad, Al Araj, Anton-Maria, Daqqarat, Ghanem, Ja'ar, Miladeh, Murra, Nasser, Sultaneh, Tushieh, Tweimeh, and Zablah

2.c Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Kasakseh sub-clan:

Abu Hmud, Abu Sa'adeh, Andon-Karkur, Hanania, Hihi, Khalil-Hanna, Manoli, Qara'a, Salem, Shehadeh-Skandar, and Tiktik

2.d Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Khumsan sub-clan:

Asfoura, Dweiri, Faqouseh, Haddad, Shehadeh-Mo'ammar, and Sleibi

2.e Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Lama sub-clan:

Aweis, Lama, Lama-Gidi, Lama-Zeitoun, Sa'di, Salameh, and Zoughbi

2.f Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Makhalif sub-clan:

Abu Dinen, Atik, Baboun, Ballout, Da'boub, Dees, Harb, Nicouli, and Salman

2.g Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Mousa  sub-clan:

Abu Ayyash, Barakeh, Cabbada, Jamal, Jaser, Saleh, and Younes

2.h Farahiyeh clan families belonging to the Musallam  sub-clan:

Musallam and Sayeh

3. Families of the Fawaghreh Clan

The following lists of families are as they appeared in the Arab Women's Union Club monthly newsletter, "Bethlehem Newsletter" issue of April 1993 page 11.

Abdeh, Abu Ahour, Abu Nijim, Abdallah, Abu Sirhid, Abu Fashkha, Azzir, Al N'eimi, Al Khatib, Balboul, Hamad, Hamideh, Hermas, Hijazi, Hussein, Kan'an, Shehadeh, Shokeh, and Ziadeh.

4. Families of the Hreizat Clan

Abu 'Aqleh, Abu Hamameh, Abu Jarour, Abu Sabha, Afaneh, Atallah, Awad, Azar, Butto, Dahboura, Diban, Ghazzawi, Hazin, Jad'on, Qassis, Riadi, Safadi, Safieh, Sahouri, Salameh-Awad, Tanas, and Zarzar

5. Families of the Najajreh Clan

5.a Najajreh clan families with no sub-clan:

Abu Rdeineh, Abu Shaqra, Abu Za'rour, Ba'bish, Ghattas-Hassan, Giacaman, Handal, Handal-Hilweh, Hazboun, Hazboun-Abu Duh, Hazboun-Hamshari, Hazboun-Hassouneh, Hazboun-Mahyoub, Hazboun-Masrieh, Hazboun-Nasra, Hazboun-Shreim, Hazboun-Zarboul, Masu, Murqos, Neno, Nustas, Qatimi, Sahourieh-Handal, Sansour, and Zarrouq

5.b Najajreh clan families belonging to the Ghathabreh sub-clan:

Ghattas, Hassan, Hosh, Ka'ek, Mansour (Barbour), Nassar, Nassar-Bahaya, Sallam, Sammour, and Saqa

6. Families of the Qawawseh Clan

Abu Allis, Abu Shaybeh, Andoni, Assaf, Atwan, Ijha (Juha), Lousi, Marzouqa, Mo'ammar, Qawwas, Qrunful, Skafi, Thaljieh, and Thaljieh-Habash

7. Families of the Tarajmeh Clan

Abu Al Arraj, Abu Fheileh, Abu Jaber, Abu Khalil, Batarseh, Comandari, Dabdoub, Daoud, D'ek, Fleifel, Jabriyeh, Jad'on, Karmi, Mansour-Abu Khalil, Mikel, Mikel-Madalena, Mikel-Tawil, Mubarak, Rock, Sabat, Sara, Sem'an, Suwadi, Tabash, Talamas, Taroud, and Zmeiri

8. Families of the Syriac Community

The following lists of families and sub families are as they appeared in the Arab Women's Union Club monthly newsletter, "Bethlehem Newsletter" issue of April 1993 page 11.

8.a Syriac community families with no sub-family:

Jazrawi, Kora, Basti, Mardini, and Orfali

8.b Syriac community families belonging to the Asfes sub-family:

Abdelahad, Abdelaziz, Adam, Asmari, Ayoub, Al Haj Ya'coub, Amr, Barsoum, Basous, Boki, Danhou, Ghemi,m Gharo, Imsih, Khano, Khazzeh, Kiltaneh, Lahdo, Matta, Murad, Nasmeh, Ni'meh, Nisan, Sara, Safar, Shahin, Sham'on, Shiho, Shukry, Younan, Zeitoun, and Zelfo.

8.c Syriac community families belonging to the Azekh sub-family:

Ari, Azizeh (Shammas), Bero, Gharibeh, Hanaki, Hannoush, Hazu, Khamis, Khatchik, Khoury, Koran, Maliha, Marto, Nazy, Tawil, Wali, Younis, and Zalfo.

8.d Syriac community families belonging to the Ma'sarti sub-family:

Bahi, Isaki, Iskander, Mekko, Murad, Salou, Salman, Shahin, and Shishan.

8.e Syriac community families belonging to the Tor Abdeen sub-family:

Bato, Cheliko, Barom, Danha, Fat-ho, Edo, Heito, Jabra, Berhi, Jelo, Golo, Karkeneh, Kutlo, Meshki, Mas'oud, Mirza, Murad, Qirmiz, Qowcho, Sim'an, Shabo, Sham'onki, and Tawil

8.f Syriac community families belonging to the Qillat sub-family:

Binyamin, Dimo, Dannoun, Masri, and Suleiman.