11 March 2006

Fenton was a Welshman?

I have this on-going friendly dispute with my father. I really want to believe that we Fentons are Welsh, and he keeps insisting that the Fentons are Irish. (You see, it's really about the name; I'm mostly Pomeranian & Austrian, with a fair portion of Blackfoot Indian--but I digress.)

Well, I guess the dispute is over. We now have clear evidence that John William Fenton is Irish. I only ask that you not tell Toshio Akiyama that I'm alive and well in Detroit. I guess he's looking for me. As for this Jessie Fenton... (will that be the name of our eighth?)

7 comments:

Michael Du Charme said...

I could not help but notice the Fenton coat of arms. It appears that the Fleur-de-Lis is the only visible-repeating characteristic.

Is it possible the Fentons were Frankish i.e. les Fran├žais??

The Fleur-de-lis is said to represent the Trinity and that Clovis, king of the Franks, was presented this "flower of the lily" by an angel to symbolize his purification when he converted to Christianity.

Fenton...Frankish...French...Fleur

I notice a curious pattern

In anycase...

Viva le France!!

fr john w fenton said...

Nice try, Mike.

Perhaps the Fleur-e-lis came from William of Orange--who came to England to escape France. :)

And you know what the German side of me wants to say. Two words.

Michael Du Charme said...

"And you know what the German side of me wants to say. Two words."


Ahh, so it degenerates to this already.

Well, I believe that denial is one of the first responses. This was to be expected.

I think Fenton makes for a wonderful French surname.

Yet, if it is any consolation, the Franks were of a Germanic tribe that had settled in now western Germany.

I suppose we can ultimately blame the Germans (in retrospect) for the "Two Words"...no?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I think there are very few readers who are enjoying the humorous exchange occurring on this particular post.

At least our humour has not left.

Fr James

Anonymous said...

I can see how one might miss the humor in this series of posts. To be accused of being French is a serious, serious thing. It's just no laughing matter. It might even be impious.

- Fr. Benjamin

Monsieur DuCharme said...

Yes Fr. Benjamin, a serious matter indeed.

If one is fortunate enough to be of French heritage, they would find themselves in the company of:

Saint's Ambrose of Milan, Martin of Tours, Joan of Arc, Hilary of Poitiers, Sulpicius II Pius, John-Baptist de la Salle, Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey...and sixteen Popes!!

Im sure all here would agree with the sentiment below...

Pour le future J' espere etre francais!!

Sarah Childs said...

I'm not going to comment on Father's likely national heritage, French or otherwise; I just wanted to say it looks like he's been Googling himself.