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Re: meaning of Fagin?
Posted by: Ben Fagin (ID *****6039) Date: January 21, 2005 at 09:59:52
In Reply to: Re: meaning of Fagin? by F.L.Fagin of 101

I researched this a while back in London, UK.

I found these meanings in about three books, one published by Burkes Peerage;

Fagin :- Descended from Pagans, Son of a Pagan.

the Fagin family are said to have come into England from Norman France around the time of the conquest.

This meaning was from Burkes Peerage who state that a coat of arms was granted to a Fagin (three treflee crosses on a blue background).

I was also told Fagin roughly translates into bird in a Russian language.

Apparently the hebrew for thief id ganif, an anagram of Fagin.

I would take it all with quite a pinch of salt!

Hope this helps,


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