Who Were the Nordic Giants that Went to Ireland? Our Ancestors?

Legend has it that during the days of Viking marauding, some very large people went to Ireland. They are known as the Fomorian which means “giants.” Who were these early giants of the sea? Some call them “Gaelic sea spirits of darkness.” Their history seems to engulf Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Archaeologists see them as giants of Nordic origin from the Hebrides (islands off the northwest coast of Scotland) who came from the Mediterranean on ships.

Who were the Fomorian that arrived early to Ireland? They are for many, the ancient ancestors. What did they believe? Were they Pagan? They arrived from the Mediterranean, were they Muslims or Jews? Or were they Vikings who went from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and then sailed to Ireland? It was a very long time ago. And since humans have always been known to conquer, assimilate and conquer again, they were no doubt a composite of many ancient civilizations. Today, as genealogists, we want to pick their history apart and analyze the separate pieces. Because in the pieces, we find the stories or our ancestors. Those whose flesh and blood we are made of. In many respects, they must have been very different than we are today. But surely, we have physical attributes and personality traits that we would recognize… if only we could see them – touch them. This is as close as we can get.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

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The Fleur-de-Lis Found in Ancient Egypt

The image of the ancient symbol, the fleur-de-lis, conjures thoughts of ancient conspiracies and hidden secrets known only to a select few (nobility and those involved with them). It is now the symbol for France (and all things French and/or Acadian including the New Orleans Saints football team) because it was the symbol of the royal houses of France, dating back to the descendants of Charlemagne, the Carlovingian kings. Anglo-Saxon kings used it as well. The fleur-de-lis was an iconic symbol long before European monarchs were being established. It is found among Egyptian hieroglyphics. From t-shirts to tattoos, the fleur-de-lis arouses emotion and attitude. In colonial America during the 1700’s, the symbol was branded onto the shoulder of slaves who ran away for longer than a month. The punishment for running away again was another fleur-de-lis on the other shoulder. A third time and the slave lost an arm. In this instance, it probably became a symbol of resistance and rebellion, those sentiments no doubt exist today. Another example of using the fleur-de-lis as a strong symbol is the author Dan Brown and his book and movie, “The Da Vinci Code.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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Here Come Those Iberians Again…

Oh geez, those Iberians are confusing but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss a little bit more about them. A lot of people come to my blog searching for Iberian information so I had to tell everyone about the Firbolg.

The who? The Firbolg were an ancient Irish ethnic group, going way back in time. So far back, ethnologists refer to them as the Irish aboriginal people. They had dark hair and long heads. (I see that a lot in reference to the Scots and Scots-Irish, the long-headed bit.) The Firbolg were not Aryans. (Some would say Aryan means blond and blue-eyed, others would argue, rightfully so.) The Firbolg were Iberian, meaning that they originally came from the Iberian Peninsula, the area known today as Spain and Portugal. The Firbolg were subdued by the Milesians, a Celtic tribe from Britain. The most common definition of the meaning of Firbolg is bagmen. I have no idea what is meant by that as I have not researched that aspect of it. Who knows, maybe they used sheep bladders as bags. The picture that comes into my mind is Scottish men in crude clothing with bagpipes. But, that’s just me.

To read more about the Iberians see Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Vikings… Are You Related to the Ancient Scandinavian Heros? Ask the Icelanders to Read the Genealogies to You

Today, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have their own separate languages but long ago, they shared the same language. If you want to hear the closest thing to that ancient language, go to Iceland. Many Icelanders speak a similar version of it today. With that preservation of the language came the preservation of Scandinavian oral history, because it eventually got written down. Those writings, today are known as the ancient sagas.

When Viking explorers landed on Iceland, they were speaking their ancient language. Strange gods and human heroes of old Scandinavia live within the old literature that told their stories long before they accepted Christianity. Included in these early stories are genealogies where one might find clues to ancient ancestors. With the acceptance of Christianity came the introduction of a new language, Latin, causing a lapse in literature for the Scandinavian countries for four-hundred years.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

The Vikings Meets the British Monarchy Meets Genealogy

The ancient Celts built forts by taking large stones and placing them in a circle or row on top of a hill. Another name for this ancient primitive fortification is Danish fort, known for having double wall protection.

In Britain, in 823 A.D., the King of Wessex attacked the King of Mercia. The legend remains, “The River Ellendune ran red with blood and blocked with ruin.” Ellendune was originally the Dun of Ella, an ancient fortress. The winner of the battle was the King of Wessex, Egbert. His story is portrayed in the television series, The Vikings. After Egbert won the battle, he gained so much power that his overlordship became the British Monarchy as we know it today.

If you have the surname Duncan, Dunbar, Dunker, Dundee, Dunmore or Dunster, or a name that begins with dun, your ancestors may have dwelt among the ancient Celts.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

And for the Ladies… the History of Your Fallopian Tubes

A woman’s fallopian tubes (about four inches long, one on each side of the uterus) are named after a man named Gabriello Fallopio. If they’d named them after his first name, today they would be called Gabriellion tubes. Fallopio was an Italian physician who discovered the functions of these two tubes on each side of a woman’s womb. His work was highly respected and published at Venice in 1561. I know… I know… a lot of anatomical parts and diseases are named after people who made discoveries but it strikes me as odd. I can’t exactly say that Mr. Fallopio has a place in my heart but he definitely has his name all over my fallopian tubes. Who knew?

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

Looking for the Answers to Iberian Ancestry?

If you are looking for the answers to Iberian ancestry, you are not alone. I’ve done a lot of research on this and it’s complicated. It’s also interesting. I’ll warn you though, you’ve many options but it probably means that you have British ancestry, especially Scottish and/or Irish. Maybe even Welsh. It might stop there but it didn’t begin there. The history of our Iberian ancestors goes back to the history of ancient people. Kings… queens… Bedouin traders… fishermen… I write about it in my new book.

Genealogy is great fun. Once I started uncovering my ancient ancestors, I was never the same again. It’s just plain fun to learn about the long chain of people who came before us.

BLOG Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V – Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU