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Posted by: Aaron Brachfeld (ID *****8467) Date: November 11, 2004 at 21:58:16
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While researching my own family, I have discovered that there might be a possible connection between the Brachfelds and Fallowfields more than the translational aspect of the surname and was wondering if anyone has come at this the other way (Fallowfield to Brachfeld)?

We have, in my family, always known ourselves as fallowfields--though in German. And after getting extensive oral histories and looking at migrational information, talking with some professors of history at the local university, etc., it's fact that my family settled in the Danube valley north of the Balkans after migrating first North from Serbia, and Southwest from Germany. It is very likely (based on the massive migration at that time) that they arrived there after travelling a short distance East from France. I am trying to assess (obviously, when examining a time so far away, there can be no facts) whether it is possible the extensive trade between that region of Gaul with the Celts north of the channel might have a role in the spreading of the various variations of "fallowfield" long before it was translated to English or German? Or whether the name might have originated in several places (with no relation short of Adam and Eve to connect the surnames).

If anyone has any information--oral histories that might suggest such a connection, or historical sources or leads--please let me know.

Thank you!

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