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[HN] Surname help please
"Jürgen E.W. Meyer"
Re: [HN] Surname help please
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Date: 2004/05/18 18:59:14
From: R&B Stewart <raybarbara(a)...
Hi, It's not true that the Germans before 1872 did not have surnames. Rather, they may not have had a uniform spelling of the surname. In church (and other) records it is more likely that the name was spelled according to what the person heard. I could guess if you go back to pre-1500 where there are few recorded documents, somewhere back there, they did not have surnames (except royalty perhaps). However, sometime ago, I read about villages in Bavaria that the Jews did not have surnames, until more recent times. They were told to take a surname at some point. If possible, you could look at the LDS records for the town of Otterstedt: Kirchenbuch, 1715-1852 Evangelische Kirche Otterstedt (Kr. Achim) I know that doesn't hold the records for your ancestor because of the date, but you would certainly know how many names there were with that name. Barbara on 5/18/04 8:32 AM, Ottypotty(a)... at Ottypotty(a)... wrote: > Dear Listers > I am looking for Johan Heinrich OTTERSTEDT born 1872 Germany moving to > England 1892-99 . I have come to a stop as I cant find him after 1901 in > England > under this name. > I am trying to trace him in Germany. I have been told that many Germans > especially from rural districts did not have or use surnames until at least > after > Unification in 1872 . They used their first names and then took the place > where they lived. I think he did come from Otterstedt area as he came to > England via Hannover. Can anyone confirm this and if so I am looking for an > Johan > HEINRICH. > Also I have found Otterstedts ( no relation as yet ) coming from Denmark and > Sweden . Where would they have got their name from originally > Please help > Thank you in advance > _______________________________________________ > Hannover-L mailing list > Hannover-L(a)... > http://list.genealogy.net/mailman/listinfo/hannover-l