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Re: Fiers vs Fears
Posted by: George Simmons Date: November 19, 2000 at 23:12:36
In Reply to: Re: Mary Fiers - NC by Gordie Fears of 90

Howdy,

Mom was a Fiers, pronounced fires. There is a Fiers family in town who pronounce it fears. My ancestor Thomas L. Fiers is recorded as Fiers, Fires and Fears in Highland Co., OH records. As you know, people sometimes come up with some really weird ways to pronounce a seemingly simple name. I'm constantly amazed by the number who people who address me as Mr Simon when my name is Simmons. Many names were probably terribly mispronounced 200 years ago when so many people were foreign born or first generation Americans. I have a copy of a land deed signed by a father and his three sons. The last name, Brashear, is spelled differently by each of the four. I really believe many people didn't know how their name was spelled and many cases pronounced. If a Johns or Jones was living in a German/Dutch area his name could be pronounced as Jontz or Jahnz. My niece pronounces her last name, Donofrio, differently than her parents, donna-free-oh vs dah-nof-ree-oh. When a Name, Heidelberg, appears nine times in a will and is spelled seven different ways you learn there's no rules when it comes to pronunciation or spelling. I've given up trying to make any sense out of why some people say Simon and others Simmons. My wife says wash, I say warsh. Most people say Cuba, JFK said Cuber. Fiers, Fears... who knows...

George Simmons


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