Where does the name Napier come from

Wednesday 17th February 2016


On February 17, 2016, it was about the last name of Michael Farsch from Schweich on the Mosel.
Michael Farsch has already looked into various church registers. He suspects that the name may be from the profession of Ferryman could have descended. On the other hand, he has found sources on the Internet that suspect that the name comes from the Middle Low German word farsch what could come as much as fresh should mean.
But Professor Udolph has two other options ready for him - on the one hand, the word could do something with the words Fars or. Fars have to do - that denotes one Breeding bull a village community, also called something like that Stallion, bull, hook or just Farsch. In a broader sense, the bearer of the name could be one rancher have acted.
The second possibility is - the breeding bull as a transferred symbol could also mean that it is one sexually active man.

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Tenta - Tente - Tempte

On February 16, 2016 it was about a name of Janine Engel from the Palatinate.
She wanted to know where her maiden name came from Tenta could come. She herself suspects a disfigurement of the word tens.
Prof. Udolph explains that unfortunately this declaration does not fit the area where your family comes from, namely North Moravia. It is also important to mention Fr. Engel that the name before 1606 was also known as Tempte and once too Tente was written.
He had to look for a long time to find a solution - he relies on the book Czech family names in Vienna of Neumann. According to this, this is one Echo names. This is a word that a person would say or use over and over again, and that was so specific that it then became his name. Tenta means something like in Czech "This one".

Monday 15th February 2016

Rub - Rup - Rupp

On February 15, 2016, it was about the name of Thomas Rub from Osthofen in the Alzey-Worms district.
Prof. Udolph goes into this immediately and explains that it is the short form of an old first name. Almost everyone knows the long form and is the same as with Knecht Ruprecht. It's about the name Rhodobert. This name is the name of various bishops and nobles and it is one of the most popular old Germanic first names that we know. This is shortened and becomes Rub. Both words (rhodo and bert) mean both Fame. The Germanic peoples didn't really care if that made sense, but it was like that :-)

Info: Another first name from this category is the name Rüppel, which can also be found here in the blog.

Friday February 12, 2016

Firges - Wirges - Wurges - Würgassen

On February 12, 2016 it was about Marita's last name Firges from Niederpleis near Bonn.
Mrs Firges suspects whether it has something to do with the place that also occurs in the Westerwald Wirges might have to do.
Prof. Udolph explains - the name only appears 16 times on his telephone directory CD, and they are all around Wirges. So your ancestor came from this place. The name Wirges in the second part contains a word for [ges] ferment, bubble, foam and that is probably the meaning of the surname. There is also a Wurges at Bad Camberg and a Würgassen at the Weser. The first part of the word [We] stands for circling. So something circling fizz.

Thursday February 11, 2016

Romanian - Raginmar

On February 11, 2016 it was about the last name of Axel Rämisch from Zornheim near Mainz.
Mr. Rämisch explains that his ancestors came from the Saxen area and that his father's side came from the Czech Republic.
Prof. Udolph explains - the name has already been the subject of numerous studies. The late Dr. Benes from Prague has the suggestion to use an old high German name Raginmar traced back. That will then become Ragin, the ending is Czech or Slavic or Sorbian (endings in –Isch), but the basis is the word Ragin, and that is the Advice orDecision of the gods, or that too fate. The word part -mar also known as famous. That was then a Germanic first name and in the German-Slavic coexistence a Slavic nickname ending was added.