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Re: New: ZIEGENFUSS Surname Forum! ... next?
Posted by: Robert B. Sigafoes Date: November 03, 2000 at 12:23:00
In Reply to: New: ZIEGENFUSS Surname Forum! ... next? by Mark Amanns of 228

As you can see, my last name is Sigafoes, from the original German Ziegenfuss. My father, grandfather and great grandfather grew up in Pensylvania. I understand that the original Ziegenfuss Family came to this country from the Palatine region of Germany during the time that the King of France was trying to take over the country and remake it a Catholic state. The Germans left for England compliments of Queen Anne and then many set sail for Pensylvania compliments of William Penn. My question to you is: Does anyone know how the name originated? I know that Goat's Foot is the name for two types of plants ( wood sorrel and a morning glory) It is also the name for a cocking mechanism of a crossbow. Could the original family have been crossbow makers or plant gatherers. The plants were and are used for medicinal purposes. Also, an old dental instrument was called a Goat's foot. Anyone with any knowledge of why the family was called Ziegenfuss (Goat Foot) to begin with?


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