Subject: Re: Fies & Reinhardt
Author: d.v. germain   (Authenticated as dvg_85)
Date: November 29, 2006 at 6:17 PM
Reply to: Fies & Reinhardt by CarolineLindberg

German: nickname for an unpleasant, bullying, or repulsive person, from Middle Low German vies ‘disgusting’, Middle High German viez ‘violent’.

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin ‘counsel’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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