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German-American Names 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0806317649
ISBN-10: 0806317647
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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 3 edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806317647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806317649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not so good. The format is difficult to navigate. The first section consists of paragraphs describing occupations and how names were formed. Informative. Following each paragraph is a number that you'd think would correspond to the numbered names in the second section. They don't. The lists of names in the second section gives a reference number, or two, or three, for each name. Track those back to the paragraphs, they don't correspond. Track the name numbers to the other numbered names, and get more reference numbers. The author makes no clear connection, it's your best guess. Recommend spending your money on something a bit more definitive. The first section is good reference and worth picking up for a couple dollars.
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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.
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This wonderful little book is the product of Dr. George Fenwick Jones’s lifelong interest in German names. The beginning of the book is a history of German names, including what happened to them in America. After that, the book goes into a lengthy alphabetical list of surnames that points back to appropriate paragraph in the earlier chapters, explaining where it came from.

Overall, I found this to be a very interesting resource. If you are interested in genealogy, or just want to know a little bit about your names, then this is a good book for you to get. I highly recommend it!
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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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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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