Re: [Friesland-genealogy] origins of Frisian
- Dear Joop,
Ach ja, de Herminonen, Istvaeonen en Ingvaeonen!
You're absolutely right. Frisian is one of the languages in the group of
However, my father used to tell me that Frisian was an Anglo-Saxon language.
Ofcourse that is a language 'of its own' and not a language group.
But he did get close :-) and I (also) quote from
"Frisian is highly similar to Old English, and is linguistically classified
as the closest existing language to English." And Old English, according to
this website, is also called Anglo-Saxon.
Nynke van den Hooven.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Wiersma
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:19 PM
Subject: [Friesland-genealogy] origins of Frisian
In the distant past I did an assignment on Frisian and I seemed to remember
the root as Ingvaeoon. Anyay, it is apparently quite a bit older than
Anglo Saxon as the quote from wikipedia.org via Google shows:
The Roman historian Tacitus, writing in Germania, mentioned the Frisians
among people he grouped together as the Ingvaeones. Their territory followed
the coast of the North Sea from the mouth of the Rhine up to that of the
Ems, their eastern border according to Ptolemy's Geographica. Pliny states
in Belgica that they were conquered by the Roman general Drusus in 12 BC,
and thereafter the Frisians largely sank into historical obscurity, until
coming into contact with the expanding Merovingian and Carolingian empires.
In the 5th century, during this period of historical silence, many of them
no doubt joined the migration of the Anglo-Saxons who went through Frisian
territory to invade Britain, while those who stayed on the continent
expanded into the newly-emptied lands previously occupied by the
Anglo-Saxons. By the end of the sixth century the Frisians occupied the
coast all the way to the mouth of the Weser and spread farther still in the
seventh century, southward down to Dorestad and even Bruges. This farthest
extent of Frisian territory is known as Frisia Magna.
Officially it is classed as West-Germanic, I think.