Yes, the Frisians in what is now North Holland were cut off from those in
Fryslan during the flood and eventually were assimilated by the Hollanders.
As to the Groningers, they may have intruded from the south.
As this forum is supposed to deal with science and religion, I may invoke
the ire of some if I continue this exchange here. If necessary, we can
continue this discussion privately.
BTW, our youngest son sports a head of red hair; not sure if this came from
my side of the family (Frisian) or my wife's (Irish). My only connection to
red hair may be that I don't tan, but burn to a crisp on a sunny day. :-(
From: Jan de Koning [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday January 29, 2002 9:24 AM
To: Vandergraaf, Chuck
Cc: Asa@Calvin. Edu; 'Glenn Morton'
Subject: RE: Redheads descended from Neanderthals?
At 09:38 AM 29/01/02 -0500, Vandergraaf, Chuck wrote:
Frisians apparently originated from an area around southern Sweden and
Denmark and migrated southwards, possibly as far as Bennekom (sp?) in the
Netherlands. Frisians may have settled in Kent (UK). There certainly are
linguistic links with some of the Scandinavian languages.
They may have been that "far" south, but due to the St.Elisabeth's flood
they must have been cut off. Between Bennekom and Friesland used to be the
Zuiderzee (South sea). South of the Zuiderzee a germanic dialect was and is
Linguistic links of Friesian and English and Scandinavian (exclude Finnish,
which is a group by itself) are more noticeable than between Friesian and
The strange thing is, that the Gronings dialect and the Low German of
northern Germany are almost indistinguishible
but that group cuts the Friesian language off from the Scandinavian
languages. I don't know how far Low German has invaded Denmark.
Jan de Koning
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