Fix Family Genealogy Forum
Veix is of patronymic origin, that is, it belongs to the category of surnames derived from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name indicates “son of Fix”, a pet form of the first name Vitus, derived from the Latin (vi vus) meaning “alive”. In German, the letters “f” and “v” are interchangeable. The German “v” is, in fact, pronounced as “f”.
In the Middle Ages parents were encouraged to name their children after saints, in the hope of thus evoking the saint’s protection. St. Vitus was a third century saint, a Christian child martyr, born probably in Sicily. He appears in legendary accounts as a pagan senator’s son who was converted by his nurse Crescentia and his tutor Modestus, and martyred with them either in Lucania or in Rome during the reign of Diocletian. He was one of the fourteen Holy helpers, a group of early martyrs venerated especially in medieval Germany. St. Vitus is the patron saint of comedians, and his aid is invoked by those suffering from various diseases, especially the nervous disorder chorea with which his name became associated, that is, St. Vitus Dance.
The earliest record of this surname dates back to the fourteenth century, when one Pfaff Fix was recorded as living in Leonberg in 1350. In 1372, one Heinz Vitz was residing in Sanwalshofen, and Hans Fix (or Vix) was a builder in Constance in 1592.
Contrary to the popular mail order companies, there is no known coat of arms, as Fixes of the Middle Ages and later were of the merchant and craftsman class. Claims of a relationship to names such as Fuchs, Fecht, Fickes (pronounced Fickus) are in error, as their patronymics are very different. Derivations of Fix can include Vix, Fitz, Vitz, Fits, Vits, Fixx, and Vixx, among others. (excerpt from my book, Fix Family Tree)