Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 19:56:47 +0200
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Subject: Re: [FEY] Fey Mail List

Hi Bob and all members of Fey-List!

.... It will take a longer time before I can translate your message in all details. ;-) But let me try to say something to this lenghty posting. Indeed, I think this is the right way to make the list interesting to many people. It may be that this will turn on the traffic at this list and give a chance to all of us to learn more about the name Fey and all its variations.

I will check your links in this week. Iīm not able to do this before answering to the list. :-) But Iīm very proud to have a new start for my searchings, thanks for this!

Bob, you say the following sentence:

"I have researched the Fay's and am convinced that they originated in Normandy and Picardy areas, having come from Scandanavia with or after Rollo in 911. I have a lengthy posting on that that I could repost here if you like."

Iīm very interested for this posting. You must know that the Scandinavian nations are much nearer to the Germans than the French people. The Scandinavians are, like the Germans, also "ancient Teutons"! The French nation descends from an absolutely different tribe. Whatever led Scandinavians to settle in France in the year 911?

You say then:
"Subsequently some Fays went to England with William the Conquerer in 1066, and were made various grants of land which survive in the record. So I'm quite sure of this."

I was suprised when I found in the last days some people with the name Fey who lived in Scottland. Your sentence is the explanation for this.

You wrote also:
"But the third most prevalent origin lists germany as the origin of their Fay lines. And they never seem to make connections for some reason.

So what is the explaination for this?????????????????????"

I can tell you all, the surname Fey is not so rare in Germany. In my region this name is not extensive. But there are many areas in Germany, where this name is very wide spread. Also the Vey, Feyhen, and others. I think that the name could have been changed over the centuries and goes back to one single surname.

You must know that in the German territory were many kinds of speech. All people spoke German, but the kind of German was very different. If a pope was coming to a new town to do his job, his kind of writing might be very different from the dialect of the "natives". This may be another reason for the change in the writing of surnames.

In my opinion the reason for the scarcity of list members from Germany is the problem of speaking English. The old people doesnīt speak English so much. The younger people wouldnīt be interested at rootsweb. ;-) It would be good to start a new NG with the German language. But also the Internet is not so wide spread in Germany, like other countries. May be the German traffic in this list will become better when this has changed. ;-)

Bob also wrotes:

"So I don't quite know what to think. The huegonaut idea has merit because I know that there was at least one huegonaut Fay that went to america. But it would seem like that would be mostly too late."

This Huguenot idea occurred to me while searching for my anchestors. I had been in a little church in a part of Hesse, here in Germany. I had found my roots till the year A.D. 1725 but I canīt get befor this time! There was an anchestor, his name was Johannes Fey. He was the father of this family, I donīt know his birthday and from where he comes. Near this village is another village called "Gethsemane". The people who live there say allways "the huegonnaut village" to it. And this is historically right!

Of cause the huegonnaut who where coming about the year 1700, they were the third wave of huegonnnauts. It began in the earlier centuries, that this people were treated from France. The second indize is, the huegonnauts were a kind of protestantic christians. My family was also protestantic in the fatherline.

I think this is enough for today! If you all want to see the "homeland-village" of my anchestors you may taste the link ! My grandfather, Konrad Fey, was born in the village "Ransbach", which is a part of "Hohenroda".

Many greetings from Germany


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