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    Post Fyrstenberg???

    There's a Polish tennis player in the French Open with the name Fyrstenberg. Where would a name like that come from, Scandinavia? He appears to be tall and fair, but I can't say what his phenotype is exactly.

    Also, is Furman a German name? There was a Polish cyclist at the World Ch'ships the other day with that name.

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    I have come across a Polish powerlifter, also called Furman.

    I think it may be a Polish name, but it probably exists as a German name too... I've seen names like Furmanek before, and from what I can make out, Furman would appear to be the root of that.

    Search for Furman here, see what it comes up with:
    http://www.herby.com.pl/herby/indexslo.html




    The name Fyrstenberg, I imagine, is of German origin. It looks perhaps more Norwegian than it does German (I believe Germans use "burg", Norwegians use "berg"), but it may have had a spelling change somewhere in the past...
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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    Actually, German names in Poland will often use "berg" instead of "burg".

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    I know TV-shrink Ben Furman who has own show on finnish televison.He is Jew, very semitic looking one

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    There's a stylist named Egon Von Fürstenberg and he's German or from a German-speaking country..
    If the sound of polish "Y" = German "ü" i think he might have German ancestors

    "E tutti si scandalizzano quando sentono dire: quel tale tipo di mammifero o di uccello ormai è sparito dalla faccia della terra, non lo vedremo più; è una grave perdita. Certo, si tratta di gravissime perdite.
    Ma non sarebbe forse più grave se sparisse una comunità umana?? --Bruno Salvadori

    Seven pictures of northern European males and seven pictures of northern African males were presented randomly via a computer screen to 82 Italian female undergraduates of the University of Padua, Italy.
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    On average, the seven pictures depicting northern Europeans were classified as northern Italians 81% of the time. The seven pictures depicting northern Africans were classified as southern Italians 83%
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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    Oh I just read then, in German, "berg" denotes mountain and "burg" denotes town.

    So both are used in surnames... but "burg" obviously appears in town names such Hamburg and Freiburg - that's what threw me off to believe Germans only use "burg".

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    Thanks for that. It got me confused for a while.


    Furman has the same meaning in Polish too. So what Polak saw may well be a Polish name derived from a word of German origin.

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    The von Fürstenbergs are noblemen from SW Germany related to the Zähringer family which is a quite famous noble family in South West Germany. Their territory comprised the area around the Danubian spring with the capital Donaueschingen. Their territory was incorporated into the new state "Baden" in 1806.

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    Post Re: Fyrstenberg???

    There's also a second noble v. Fürstenberg family which originated in Westphalia. Uradel.

    Nevertheless, already my atlas gives six places in Germany with the name Fürstenberg (one of it is today's Eisenhüttenstadt), and when there's no suspicion of being from one of the noble von Fürstenberg families, one should normally rather think of a simple surname derived from a place name.
    There was a famous banker Carl Fürstenberg (1850-1933).
    Man ſei Held oder Heiliger. In der Mitte liegt nicht die Weisheit, ſondern die Alltäglichkeit.

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