The Families of Bsharri 

There are very few families that come from the village of Bsharri, Lebanon. According to Wikipedia 

The Jacob/Jacobs clan are part of the Kairouz family. 

Here is a post from Wendy Fakhry Gretton about the “Kairuz Family Origins: Its members originated from Ain Hayla, Syria” 

Thank you to Ruth Vettiner for the research.

1. Kairuz Family: Its members originated from Ain Halya, a city in Syria. They immigrated to Becharre in vast numbers during the year 1438. 

2. Geagea Family: This family was established by the nephew of the Patriarch Youhanna Aljaji who came with his uncle from Jaj in the year 1455. 

3. Rahme Family: The first grandfather originated from Akkar, and the family was founded in Becharre during the year 1623. The family acquired the surname of the mother, “Rahme”, who had three sons whose names were: Aoun, Akiki and Rahme. The latter was known as Father Francis after he joined the church. He later married but remained known as “the son of Rahme”. 

4. Succar Family: Opinions and information clash concerning the origin of this family, but it seems that it originated from the village of “Succara”, found between Horns and Hamah in Syria. Its members inhabited Aldanniya and Akkar at first, but then moved on to Becharre during the end of the eighteenth century. However, it is noted that some arrived in Becharre during the seventeenth century. 

5. Taouk Family: This family originated from the mountains of Toukan in Turkey, They emigrated from Turkey in large masses during 1630. In the beginning, they lived in the village of Rahba in Akkar and stayed there for seven years, but later moved to Kabait for five years. After that the members progressed to Becharre for good. 

6. Fakhry Family: This family originated from Bilad Ma Bain Alnahrain (Iraq), in Alfagheri.. Its members immigrated to Asnoun, one of the villages in the region of coastal Becharre. With the dawn of the sixteenth century, the family moved to the village of Becharre but then they moved to Andq’it from the year 1750 to 1759. Part of the family later returned to the village of Becharre while the rest stayed in Andq’it. 

7. Chidiac Family: Historians state that this family originated from the village of Ban in the region of Becharre. Others mention that it extended from the original family of Jemaa Abi Keyrouz. It became known in Becharre during the last quarter of the sixteenth century. 

8. Arida Family: This family originated from the village of Akoura. Its members first immigrated to Arida, then to Tripoli, and finally to Becharre. They got their surname from the first village they inhabited, Arida. They arrived in Becharre during the sixteenth century. 

9. Gibran Family: This family originated from Al Sham in Syria. They immigrated to the village of Bchaaley in the higher regions of Batroun. In 1672 three brothers immigrated from Bchaaley to Becharre and lived there. 

10. Shbeyaa Family: It is one of the oldest families in Becharre. Its origins have been debatable, for some say that it originated from Zabr Safraa while others state that they originated from the Bustani Family, which immigrated from Bkarkat. 

Thank you to Ruth Vettiner for research.

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