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Posted: 1359054157000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1362270556000
Surnames: Newball
Since the 19th century Newballs, have been called Moccos (plural). Well into the last half of the 20th century, the term was still around, but rarely heard. The definitions for the term follow a pattern, none of them deragatory, but when the term is applied to Newballs, it becomes a negative stereotype. By the second half of the 1800's it appears to have lost its sting. Most islanders forgot what it meant, all forgot the reason(s)it was applied to Newballs. The strange thing is that as a boy I heard it as a greeting, and even had my own friendly, interesting encounter with it. Nobody that I am aware of including myself zeroed in on the conotations.

Have you ever heard the term, Mocco? If so, in what context was it used and what did it mean to you at the time? Ironically, circumstantial evidence and the timelines appear to suggest that the intended target for the term, was our slave owning ancestor, the first Newball.

It is highly unlikely that I am the only Newball, alive who has heard the term.

Based on a combination of oral history, what I call comparative history and conjecture, I have arrived at tentative conclusions. I am looking for feedback, critiques, other points of view, other perspectives.

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