My maiden name is Kirgis--I have just found this website and I am having a blast! I already knew that Thom from KC was a distant cousin, but are we all? My grandfather always said there was only one Kirgis family in the US, and if I ever found another one he or she would be a cousin! My father is Frederic Lee Kirgis, (Jr); his father was Frederic Lee Kirgis; his father was Fred Kirgis, and I think that brings it up to Jacob and Wilhelmina.
But how do you pronounce it???? We have always said Kirgis with a 'j' like 'giraffe.' How about you all? And does anyone know the origin of the name? My grandfather liked to tell that the nomadic Kirgiz tribes from Kirgizstan marauded their way into Germany 1000 years ago and settled there.
Also, I know there's a man named Henri Kirgis who lives in Paris, but I've never tried to contact him.
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