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Subject: Re: Nyswonger, Sivard and Jeakins
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: March 13, 2007 at 7:04:40 AM
Reply to: Nyswonger, Sivard and Jeakins by TJones
Jeakins a diminutive of Jak, which is probably James, French Jacques, though it might be a double diminutive of John (-> Jak -> Jakin -> Jeakins).
The Ny- beginning gives Nyswonger a Swedish look, but there is no W in Swedish. Maybe an altered spelling of a Swedish name, or maybe not Swedish at all. A convoluted way of saying I haven't a clue.
Sivard too could be Swedish. It is a Swedish forename, the same as Siward, Sigurd , Sieghart in other languages. But then why not Sivardsson, the patronymic form favoured by Swedes? That's another "don't know".
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