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I've just been going over the new master surname list to see if there were any variant spellings of my maiden name: FISCUS. I have seen FICKES written in a place where I expected to see FISCUS, so I wondered if there could be a connection.
How is FICKES pronounced? Is it pronounced as one syllable, like "fikes", or is it "fih-kus", or "fie-kus?" There is a ship record for a Valentin FICUS from Germany, but he is not related to my line. (His name is like "ficus benjamina", the weeping fig tree.)
There is a FICKAS page on GenForum also. Could they be related?
FISCUS is a Latin word for the personal treasury of the Caesar of Rome. My immigrant ancestor, Frederick FISCUS, came from an area of Germany near Frankfurt in 1743. The FISCUS group either went from PA>MD>NC>IN>IO, or from PA>western PA>OH/WV>?(not my line). If you see any possible connection, please contact me. Thank you.