I do not consider Brant's posting as a contradiction of mine. I did not say every Addy came from Germany. I asked if yours traced to Germany as many of them in England do. I have not found any people who have traced the Addy name to the 1400's in Enland which suggests another point of origin(not necessarily Germany) I am interested in hearing from anyone who has. I prefer not to discount any possibilities. As for the ones in Africa,1700's is not very far back to conclude that they did not get to Africa from some European country.