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    Is My French Ancestry Germanic?

    Unfortunately I have some French Canadian ancestry which I believe is Northern French. Does that mean they are Franks and Northmen? It seems like only Dutch take credit for the Franks and not the French.

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    Normally, we do not approve these 'profiling questions', but in this case I can see some merit in it. Many French Canadians are indeed from the north of France, notably Normandy. Normandy and French Flanders are considered as Germanic for the sake of this board.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    It depends - are you not actually able to trace your French line to the immigrant generation? Where they were from is a good indicator of whether or not they were of Germanic origin. Indeed, regions like Normandy, French Flanders, Wallonia, and Burgundy are of largely Germanic stock. The handful of French in my lineage were Huguenots who fled to Germany and the Netherlands, mostly Normans and Walloons, but I would imagine the French émigrés of that period did not differ too much regardless of whether they were Catholic settlers of New France or Huguenot refugees. Madison Grant asserted that Huguenots were generally of more Nordish stock than the colonists of New France, who he claimed were more Alpinid, but I have not seen any evidence of that.

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    I wouldn't sweat it too much.

    But yes, there has been historical Germanic influence in northern France. Saxon place names are found with some frequency in the north near Dunkirk and Calais for example.

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    Oh no, a partially FRENCH heritage! How horrible!

    Well, we certainly cannot allow you to post on Skadi Forum unless you can prove that your forefather was the right hand man of Rollo of Normandy.

    But perhaps you can atone for this if you agree to learn Old Norse, Gothic and Plattdeutsch to fluency and never, ever go outside without wearing a horned helmet and a Mjolnir penchant.

    [Sarcasm off]

    Don't you worry at all. There is nothing wrong with a French heritage. I fail to see how this could in any way diminish you Germanic heritage or your standing among us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHeathenSociety View Post
    Unfortunately I have some French Canadian ancestry which I believe is Northern French. Does that mean they are Franks and Northmen? It seems like only Dutch take credit for the Franks and not the French.
    This is like your Irish thread.

    All Frenchmen, are, of course, French, and all French, are, of course, part of the Romance group. Once upon a time they were Germanic (Franks, Normans) and Celtic (Gauls, Belgae). But now, they are Romance.

    Why think you can be no different, in the reverse? If the Frenchman has shown himself throughout history to be a successful Celt, Germanic and now Romance. Naturally he can shift back into either one of those cultures, especially if born into a Germanic land, and 'not in touch' with his 'Frenchness'.

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