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    Quote Originally Posted by Leofric View Post
    Well, just using the word Ostern is better from a preservation point of view than the Norwegian Påske (though I think she wasn't worshipped in Scandinavia, in which case it would be silly to expect the Scandinavians to preserve her name in the feast — they never would have had it in the first place).
    You mean Ostara? There is some question whether she was made up in the 19th century, at least in the form popular then.
    As for Germanic or Celtic traditions. What makes them fade away isn't other conventional religions, but simply the modern day individualist life-styles with state-sponsored education and a cultural industry that shifted the focus on Hollywood or music industry productions. And then there is the induced resentment against anything traditionally European or Western. Not to mention the generation gap that has been created.

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    Theunissen,
    Ostara, Eostre and Easter, have Germanic and even celtic origins.
    Rather than the Dutch Pasen, which isn't even volkish in the slightest. Hell, I even propose the name honkiebonk(I'd just make that one up, no worries, this word doesn't exist ) rather than Pasen(pesach)....
    ''Ginds de Waal, daar weer de IJssel, dan de Maas en ook de Rijn. Geeft ons recht om heel ons leven trots op Gelderland te zijn.''

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodskarl Dubhgall View Post
    My paternal grandmother's maiden name is derived from the Aesir, an Anglo-Saxon one to boot. Any name like Oswald, Osric or Osbald, like Oswiu, all share this root. Oswiu knows this, of course. My paternal grandfather's surname is derived from Freyr, in the Danelaw.
    I have the surname Ingram in my ancestry, which appears to be directly derived from Angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfgar View Post
    I have the surname Ingram in my ancestry, which appears to be directly derived from Angle.
    https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=ingram

    "Ing Raven"

    Used to work with a bloke carrying that surname.

    Ancestry uses Oxford for their source and it is mostly correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabitha View Post
    I would have thought Scotland. There are many villages who still have folk customs to appease their trows, selkies and kelpies.

    Hogmanay, Samhain, Beltane and Lammas are huge public festivals up here as is Up Helly Aa in Orkney and Shetland
    In addition there are lots of smaller traditions too, such as The Burryman which I posted about today.

    It’s still considered extremely bad luck to cut down a rowan tree, I don’t know anyone who would even consider doing that, even though few may know where the prohibition came from.


    "We cannot live fully without the treasury our ancestors have left to us" George Mackay Brown.
    With the exception of outlying islands colonised by the Norse and the Lowland Scots who are really English Scotland is mainly a 'Celtic', not a Germanic country. Indeed the average Scot has a distinct dislike of the English who they call Sassenachs-Saxons.
    I would vote for Iceland as they compiled the Eddas and the Sagas. Furthermore Asatru is thriving in that small country. It has also maintained the ancient Germanic naming system for surnames.

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