French SIG #France Re: nickname #france


In a message dated 10/4/2008 5:52:38 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
_pierre28@... (mailto:pierre28@...) writes:
<< I have an ancestor who was nicknamed (AKA) "pied de boeuf" . What
connotation is attached to such a name ? >>

==It might have helped if you mentioned the approximate date and location.
And the language in which he was given that name.

The surname Ochsenfuss is not listed by Lars Menk in his dictionary. The
OCHS surname, however, is associated with YOSEF (Joseph), because that is how
the tribe of Yosef was blessed by Moses in the penultimate chapter of
Deuteronomy (Dvarim) which will be read in the synagogue on Simchat Torah
in about 9 days. The Ochs name was changed to Oakes by some immigrants
in the USA.

But nicknames can develop in unlimited variety of ways. Your ancestor may
have been clubfooted or otherwise injured in the foot, may have been kicked by
a bull's foot, may have had a quarrel with the local butcher over a beef
bone, may have been a lousy dancer, may have been a bone dealer, may have lived
next to an inn named "pied de boeuf" or originate >from a place named
Ochesnfuss, or been the subject of some joke or scandal associated with a bull's
foot, or . . . . . .

Michael Bernet, New York

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