Monday, February 19, 2007



Date Line February 19, 2007

SHREKNANGST is an invented name, a contraction of two Yiddish words:
(1) SHREKN: frighten, alarm, scare;
(2) ANGSTN: cold sweat.

The name is also widely known through variations on the invented name SHREKNGAST: GASTE: guest.

Accordingly, the name SHREKNANGST would be “frightened into a cold sweat”; while SHREKNGAST would be frightened guest.

Both these terms are associated with a man named Jeremias who first appears in 1639 – an apparent orphan found at an out-of-the-way Lutheran Church in western Germany.

Specifically, the name was recorded in the Wingeshausen (Reformed) Lutheran Church register. It is worth noting that the name SCHRECK is recognized as a very old German surname, which is consistent with the name appearing in the early days of general surname usage among the Germans.

It is also worth noting that SCHRECK is also a common name among Galician Jews – again early Germanic surname usage association is evident.

Genealogical DNA testing has (subject to submission by members of other branches of this known genealogical family line) established the following six base Haplogroup (Hg), Haplotype (Ht) markers:

DYS19 = 17; DYS388 = 12; DYS390 = 24
DYS391=10; DYS392 = 11; DYS393 = 13
(Nomenclature change: DYS19 was formerly DYS394)

These markers argue that Jeremias was Sorbian – a Slavic tribe from eastern Germany. The Markers, and a one step mutation at DYS19, can be found commonly among Ashkenazi Levites (Galician Levites).
"Intriguingly, the Sorbian tongue, relexified with a German vocabulary, has been proposed as the origin of Yiddish, the language of the Ashkenazim, but there has been no suggestion of an association between Ashkenazi Levites in particular and the Sorbian language."*

This is to say, the Sorbian language is the base language for Yiddish. It should be noted, as will be developed in later articles, that the Hg R1a Slavic population to which the Sorbians belong have a long history of utilizing their written language in association with the local language of regions in which they settled.

These founder population emerged around the Black Sea during the Levant period which gave rise to farming. The founders are credited with developing writing, use of spoked wheels, the forging of iron and domestication of the horse. They also were pioneer seamen who invented the keel – prior to which boats were flat bottomed and not of any practical use for extended sea voyages.

(*citation: Multiple Origins of Ashkenazi Levites: Y Chromosome Evidence for Both Near Eastern and European Ancestries
Doron M. Behar, Mark G. Thomas, Karl Skorecki, Michael F. Hammer, Ekaterina Bulygina, Dror Rosengarten, Abigail L. Jones, Karen Held, Vivian Moses, David Goldstein, Neil Bradman, and Michael E. Weale Am J Hum Genet. October 2003; 73(4): 768–779. Published online September 17, 2003.)


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