I have often found myself wondering about the name Farage. There is the point about how it should be pronounced which I don’t mean. I wonder where the name originally comes from.
I’m reading The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, an Italian Jew who survived incarceration in Auschwitz during WW2. He claims that an Italian bricklayer working on the site gave him food which saved his life.
The part where he lists out what he knows about who his ancestors were throws up a name which caught my eye. The name is Jarach. He writes –
The name of the town Lunel near the mouth of the Rhone between Montpellier and Nimes was translated into the Hebrew ‘yareakh’ – meaning ‘Moon’ or luna in Italian, and from this derived the Jewish-Piedmontese surname Jarach.
I don’t think the name Nigel Moon would have quite the cachet of Nigel Farage.
The letter J can easily switch to H or F, and ‘ch’ to ‘ge’. It doesn’t mean he’s crypto-Jew necessarily as that would only pass through the maternal side. Nor does it exclude the possibility. His father is a stockbroker in the City of London. It’s not easy to get a picture.
TAP – (Huguenot is suggesting Protestant or Orange descent, but with no name, location or date provided, we are left wondering.)
One of his great-grandfathers was born to German parents who migrated to London in the 19th century.
TAP – (No date, no name, no locations provided. Were they Jewish immigrants fleeing to London like so many others? Without information, how can we tell?)
His grandfather, Private Harry Farage, fought and was wounded in the First World War. His father was a stockbroker who worked in the City of London. A 2012 BBC Radio 4 profile described Guy Farage as an alcoholic who left the family home when Nigel was five years old.
TAP – (His father was still working in the City when Nigel Farage was battling John Bercow at Buckingham and expressed relief Nigel survived the plane crash. I know because I was with my uncle when they spoke on the phone.)
From 1975 to 1982, Farage was educated at Dulwich College, a fee-paying independent school in south London. In his autobiography he pays tribute to the careers advice he received there from England Test cricketer John Dewes, “who must have spotted that I was quite ballsy, probably good on a platform, unafraid of the limelight, a bit noisy and good at selling things”.
TAP – That sounds like acting ability, as well as the qualities referred to. He had a discovery of his talent, not apparently of a cause which drove him on.
On leaving school in 1982, he decided not to go to university, but to work in the City, trading commodities at the London Metal Exchange. Initially, he joined the American commodity operation of brokerage firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, transferring to Crédit Lyonnais Rouse in 1986. He joined Refco in 1994, and Natexis Metals in 2003.
TAP – Natexis is owned by a major French bank.
Overall there must be more known, so I suspect a certain amount of scrubbing has gone on. It was more common for Jewish people to migrate to London than German, for example. Was the great grandfather from Germany on the paternal or the maternal side? The story is quick to grab anything quintessentially British and splash more detail than necessary, but slow to give any details of who the Farages really are, where the information would be known and could be given, but isn’t.
His mother may have had an English father called Stevens but could still be Jewish, as it passes via the mother. Farage could be another example of the common practice among politicians, and the peerage in general, of hiding Jewish descent. In recent years – Blair, Cameron, Brown, Clegg, Salmond and many many others.
The true history would be fascinating, but we are unlikely to be given more details. Maybe someone can check a genealogy site and give the link to some more information if it’s there. What’s the betting much has been scrubbed, maybe both sides?
Was his ‘grandfather’, presumably meaning the father of his father named Guy Justus Oscar Farage, really called Harry? Or was he Ari?!
That’s before we mention the word Freemasonry, of which you can see handshake evidence in photographs.