German-American Names


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Genealogical Publishing Company


This is an A-Z dictionary of German-American names, giving spellings, meanings, and variants of about 18,000 names. This third edition of his acclaimed “German-American Names” is longer than the earlier editions and has several thousand more entries. Like the earlier editions, it attempts to explain the meaning of names borne today by Americans which derive from the German language or its dialects. Moreover, it deals with the Americanization of some of those names, explaining the social and historical phenomena 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.


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