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Frickers ~ What is in a name?

A rather unusual email arrived the other day, I almost dismissed it as spam.
I am also wary because back in 2005 my step brother had some very odd phone calls made to me under very false colours. It eventually turned out he was trying to re mortgage our Mother’s house while telling the family that was what I was trying to do

“My mother’s name is Elisabeth Johanna FRICKERS. It is said that her over-over grandpa came from the village VELTHEIM, Kanton AARGAU, Bezirk BRUGG, between Bern and Zürich in SWISS. He is born about 1770.

Can you give me some information about  the surname FRICKERS in the 18th Age in SWISS?

I thank you in advance when you would be so kind to help me.

With kind regards”
(Name with held because at the time of writing this gentleman has not replied to my reply).

I replied:
Although I do not know who you are and would not normally discuss a family issue like this unless face to face I will make an exception here and hope I do not regret it…

I would like to know why you are particularly interested in the FRICKERS name and why in the 18th C please?

I have not heard of your mother or a branch of the Frickers family from Veltheim or any where else in Switzerland.
I’d be interested to know more.

I am unable to offer you any firm information about people carrying the name Frickers during the 18th Age (century/circa).
The name may not have existed in the 18th C.
My Father, an educated and intelligent man said he thought the name a corruption or adaptation of an older Hebrew/Israel name, altered to make it easier to pronounce for Europeans.

The museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv has much information about Jewish people and their movements in Europe.

My research suggests as you may be aware, the Diaspora started in earnest at the conclusion of the Roman War with Israel?
Concluded by generals Augustus and his son Titus after which the Romans forcibly expelled or enslaved most of the Israeli population the majority of those unfortunates were settled in what is now southern Europe.
Prior to that there were already Jewish quarters in many Mediterranean cities, some Atlantic cities (Bordeaux for example) and as far east as India and Thailand all as a natural result of trading, no a single outpost was for missionary or conquest.

Not all Israelites, Jews, Israelis where removed, most and the land deliberately ruined by the Romans.
There have always been Jews living in Israel all be it in much reduced numbers deprived of human rights and often persecuted

I’ve not visited the Museum for about 30 years so research has probably moved.
The impression I had was the people who became Frickers, entered Europe through the Balkan states and as war and persecution descended on them gradually fled North where they were generally welcomed for a few generations then driven out by religious and financial persecution.
Thus into Austria Germany, Poland and Russia thence to Britain, Canada and a few have returned to Israel.

I guess you know Fricker, singular is a not uncommon name in Germany and Austria?

With kind regards,
Gordon Frickers,
Marine Artist
So much for what i knew about “Frickers”… this was about to change drastically.

This led me to remember via Skype I’d been approached by a Fricker in Switzerland.
While Frickers, plural, is rare, Fricker, singular while rare is less so.
I did ask my father about this without a helpful result…
My Skype friend seemed a decent chap so I sent him an SMS and the plot thickened:
He had received the same email enquiry, we swapped notes then he said did I know
Village of Frick in Switzerland – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frick,_Switzerland?
Err, no.

My part of the Frickers family came in haste from the Polish Russian boarder about 1905 to London.
None I know of who stayed survived the second world war and holocaust.

Over the years I’ve seen a few Fricker – singular- on the horizon.
Only met and worked with one Fricker – singular, Bob Fricker of Gunnislake Cornwall, nice guy probably passed away by now.
My Skype friend urged me to look at Google Fricker heraldic

Hmm, quite a story there.
It is implausible but not impossible there was a connection with my ancestors and the village of Frick.

My Skype Fricker friend wrote:

about fricker..

[01/03/2011  i have our own family tree since 1670 there was a fricker coming from gelterkinden (near us) to Läufelfingen.

It was for me clear, that one of the first frickers came frome the village “Frick” in Switzerland. so everythere these persons would be named a “Fricker”, as other names began the name Fricker from somebody who left his village and was going to another places, like Zürcher, coming from Zürich,  or Berner, coming from Bern.

I am living with my family in Aesch, near Basel (Basle) Switzerland, but i was born and certificated from Läufelfingen (about 30 km from Basel).

If you are interested – I must say you like a fricker from ours family..  GF_by_Marianna.jpg There are some parts of our tree who is not, so we have not further sons and dauthers.

I dount know, where you does come from, but i am shure – also from switzerland.. please give me an answer..

my sister is also painting…. but she has no computer and internet adress… at the moment

I wonder what it would feel like to visit and stay in that village?
Imagine shopping or going to the local bar?
Hard for me to imagine as I have never really felt I belonged anywhere, a wandering star, although I must say  in some places people made me very welcome and wanted me to stay notably Rye, Bexhill, Falmouth and Fowey; the latter less so as I annoyed them by winning most of the sailing races and showed their children sailing techniques the parents did not know… and many kind interesting folk in Plymouth.


Given my ancestors were very restricted in the work they were permitted to do for reasons of religious persecution it is quite possible one or more worked as a frick, became a  fricker at or near the village of Frick…
Anyone know more or got a better guess??

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