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German-American Names. 3rd Edition [Paperback]

George Fenwick Jones

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Sept. 5 2000
This is an A-Z dictionary of German-American names with the spellings, meanings, and variants of about 15,000 names. The lengthy introduction discusses the development of German names, name sources, name variations, and some of the special characteristics of German-American names. Here is explained the meanings of names borne today by Americans which derive from the German language or its dialects. It also deals with the Americanization of some of these names, explaining the social and historical matters that contributed to the distinctive character of German-American names. And it deals as well with names many of us would never have thought of as German. The vast amount of information on German-American names in this work is unequaled in any other book on this subject. This second edition is fifty pages longer than the previous edition and has several thousand more entries.
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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 3rd edition (Sept. 5 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806317647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806317649
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,492,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of us are curious about the meaning of our names. For those with names of German origin, this dictionary will satisfy that curiosity. There is a 60-page introduction that explains where German names came from and tells how to use the dictionary. The author's discussion of the Americanization of German immigrants' names fills a gap in the current literature. Few authors have succeeded in making this topic as simple and entertaining as Jones has. It is the best treatment of the subject in English. Medium and large public and academic libraries will want this in their reference sections. Special libraries serving genealogists will find it a necessity.
- Raymond S. Wright III, Family History Lib., Salt Lake City
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What Was The Origin Of My Name? Nov. 23 2008
By A Grey Haired Hacker - Published on Amazon.com
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Like everyone else, I fantasized that my distant ancestors were noble lords, wise sages, shrewd merchants and so on. However, I have found that while all of the other German surnamed families with familial links to my German surnamed family have some form of an acknowledged coat of arms, my German surname apparently does not. Apparently, my ancestors were the cooks and chefs that kept everyone else well-fed. Oh well, back to putting the icing on the cake.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and interesting explanation of German names and surnames Jan. 19 2010
By Joan L. Redd - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a 6th generation, 100% ancestry German American (both sides of my family) who lives in a region heavily populated with German surnames and Christian names. I found this book by chance in our local library and wow! It opened up the origins of my family names and also made sense of the names of other persons I've known and seen throughout the region all my life. There were surprising revelations to me, such as names that I never thought of as being of German origin or surnames taken from Latin, pre-Germanic/Celtic words and place names, and other languages. This book was fun just to skip through, but the introduction is worth reading if one has more time. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in your roots or just enjoy knowing where names come from and what they mean.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative June 20 2009
By Judith Sheppard - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of great information to support the research I was doing. It aided me in compilation of a family documentary.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6 2014
By Rod Hineman - Published on Amazon.com
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good resource
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource March 18 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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I was able to find both my last name and several relatives names on both my Mom and Dad's side. Great book to browse just for general information and meanings of names.

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