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Re: Origin and pronunciation of FICKES?
Posted by: Jay Fickes Date: March 20, 2001 at 14:38:06
In Reply to: Re: Origin and pronunciation of FICKES? by Judie Meador of 154

This is funny because I was looking at this stuff as a lark on a day off work, now I'm really getting into it again.
Let me see if I can put everything in order as I remember, I may have confused myself somewhere along the line. I wish I could give more hard evidence, but alot of this is from memory.
First, I have never seen the spelling "-as". I have only seen "-es" or "-is"
I do know that the first records of the name showing up (-es or -is) did come from the British Isles. (about 1200?) I had gotten this from a website of Surnames a few years ago when I was doing much the same as I was yesterday for fun. I don't know what the site was and I wish would have kept it.
That verified what I read about in a book of surnames when I was young which was where it was listed as "Anglo-Saxon and Celtic" and which is where it said "Fechte,Fickes,Fickis" means what it means. I really believe that it can be from several places, and mean the same thing.
I know there is a connection to Valentin, but we are unsure if Valentin was the first one to come over. Job(sp?) was either Valentin's brother or father, and there is more than one Valentin Fickes. They were either sons/grandsons or nephews of the original. There is a birthdate for a Valentin Fickes of 1709 in Adams County PA, which my uncle had gotten from records there. It is unclear if he was Valentin 1 or or a scion. This would suggest that we first came over as early as the 1600's. (obviously he wouldn't have been the first if he was born here.)
The area that they settled did have many German settlements, but they came a little later than that. There was also a heavy Scottish-Irish and Welsh contingent there and they are believed to be the first to settle the area.
Many were freed indentured. I know this from growing up in the Harrisburg area and learning it in school. This may also explain why the records are so sketchy. The indentured part was also something my father and uncle seemed very confident of. (less so about the native american connection and the whisky rebellion)
As far back as we had religious records
they were Presbyterian. But, in the Harrisburg/Carlisle/Gettysburg area there are many Fickeses that were not closely related to my clan and they came from all sorts of religious backgrounds.
I wish I could give you more verified facts. My uncle is long gone and I would have no idea how to get his records. If I come up with anything else I will post it and if you have any questions let me know.

When I get a piece of info I try to logically put it together. My theory is that given what the name means, it is plausible that they were not in the good graces of the crown and may have been ne'erdowells of some sort. Hence they were indentured to the new world.(and like I said before there are quite a few of us in Australia). At this point it seems their purpose was to confuse future generations about their lineage (ha)



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