Fies & Reinhardt
I'm trying to find some info on these two surnames and I would reeeally appreciate help! Firstly, I'd like to know if these surnames can be Jewish? I think Reinhardt could be(?)..but is it a common Jewish name or can it be both? Or is it exclusively Jewish?
Then I'm more interested in Fies because I can't seem to find much about it. I know that a person with this name has French ancestry, so is it French, and then possibly Jewish?
I'm from Sweden so this is kinda hard for me to know, so I hope someone could help me out or give me advice to other sites.
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Fies
German: nickname for an unpleasant, bullying, or repulsive person, from Middle Low German vies ‘disgusting’, Middle High German viez ‘violent’. Reinhardt
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin ‘counsel’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.info from ancestry.com
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First Reinhardt - certainly not exclusively Jewish, may not be Jewish at all. There was a well known figure of the Austrian theatre called Max Reinhardt. He was Jewish but Reinhardt was not his original name. The French guitarist, Django Reinhardt, was a manouche gypsy. There is a whole musical clan of Gypsy Reinhardts.Fies - I don't know this name but I've a sneaking suspicion it might be German. Albert Dauzat, in his dictionary of French names, gives Fié and Fiez, both surnames from an old latin name, Fidolus, which derives from fides, "faith". I don't think these names are common.
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