Three Rivers
Hudson~Mohawk~Schoharie
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

The Book of Names
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Mohawk Valley
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY., 1933

A Review of the Food List
By Boyd Ehle

Dear Editor:

While your appreciation of the Hunter food list of the Palatines properly weigh its key value for the family names of a large nubmer of Mohawk Valley descendants, its full value can only be realized by carefuly study to eliminate errors in spelling and in Anglacising the German names as well as to reconcile the list of names with the changes that have followed in the spelling with the pasage of more than two centuries. Full data of these changes and errors are not available and any attempt to now cover the subject would be futile. Hoever the necessity for discrimination, to encourage and to make a beginning the following instances of variations from the list are noted:

List --------Variations

Bauman-Bowman

Bernhard-Barnhart

Beyer-Baer-Behr

Boshaard-Boshart

Brach-Brock

Braum-Brown

Busch-Bush

Cast-Kast

Christman-Cristman-Chrisman

Dachstatter-Dagsstatter-Dockstader

Deuchert-Deichert-Dygart

Dillenbach-Dillebag-Tillebagh-Dillenbeck

Echard-Eacker-Aker

Fahling-Fehling-Failing

Fischer-Fisher

Franch-Frank

Frolich-Fraley-Fraleigh

Friderick-Frederick

Fucks-Fox

Gerlach-Garlob-Garlock

Giesler-Geesler-Keesler

Conderman-Conterman-Countryman

Glock-Klock

Harter-Herter

Hartwig-Hartwick

Hayd-Haight

Henrich-Henry

Hirchemer-Herkomer-Herkimer

Hoffman-Huffman

Horne-Horn

Huls-Hultz

Ittich-Ittig

Jager-Yager

Jung-Young

Kasselman-Casselman

Kayser-Kaiser-Keyser

Kneskern-Knieskern

Koch-Cook

Kolsch-Kolesch

Krembs-Crems-Gramps

Laib-Lipe

Lancker-Leninger

Laucks-Laux-Loucks

Manck-Mang

Meyer-Mayer-Maiers

Muller-Miller

Nehr-Heher

Nelles-Nellis

Noll-Knoll

Petri-Patrie-Petrie

Pfeiffer-Piper

Reichard-Richard

Rouch-Rauch

Shawerman-Showerman

Scherer-Shearer

Scherman-Sherman

Specher-Spraker

Schienck-Schenck

Schmidt-Smith

Schneider-Snyder

Schnell-Snell

Schultheis-Shults

Schumacher-Shoemaker-Schoonmaker

Salzman-Saltsman

Sutx-Suits

Seybert-Seibert-Sibert

Spoon-Spohn

Staringer-Staring-Starin

Stompff-Stumf

Thiel-Tiel-Teall

Wagner-Waggoner

Wannemacher-Wannemaker

Zehe-Zeh

Zimmerman-Timmerman

Zeller-Zoller

The list also enables some corrections to be made in local history that Hendrick Frey came with the Palatines in 1709 instead of in 1689 as stated by Simms in his Frontiersmen. This correction is also confimed by the London List. It is also noted that Herkimers appear in this 1709 emmigration which is a correction to Benton's History of Herkimer county. The Zollers also appear int he 1709 list which is a variation from the family tradition.

It will be noted that many family names have "in" added which is merely the german way of indication of female members of the family and does not indicate another family.

Yours truly, BOYD EHLE.

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