History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The Book of
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY., 1933
Various Corruptions of Christian Names in Use Among Early German Families
A proper understanding of the various nicknames and equivalents commonly used by the early settlers is necessary in order to avoid multiplication of individuals. It is this penchant which has burdened the records. Because we have in history and early documents George, Gerg, Yerry, Jerry Klock it is assumed by the uninitiated that they were separate individuals. Aside from the fact that there was a George Junior, no other individual of the time existed. The list appended will be helpful to students of the book of names. It is contributed by Lt. L. F. Bellinger.
JOHAN JOST--John Joseph, Han Jost or Honyost
GEORG--(George), Jorg, Jurgh, Yury, Urie, Jurie.
JOHN JORG--John George, Hon Yurrie or Han Yerry.
JOHAN NICHOLAS--Han Nichol, Honikil, Honicle
JOHAN FRIEDRICH--Han Fried, Honfrie, Hoffrich, Fritz
JOHAN CHRISTIAN--Hon Kriss
MELCHOIR--Meljor, Mehchert, Matthew
AUGUSTINUS--TENYS, Denus, Deen, Dean
CATHARINE--Caty, Katie, Catherina
MARGRETHA--Geata, Marcate, Marget, Peggy
MARY MAGDALENA--Lena, Lany, Maria Lena
MARY-Polly, Bolly, Bally, Batty
ELIZABETH--Elesebeth, Lisbeth, Liz, Lieszbet, Betsey, Bess, Beth, Lizzie
APPOLONIA or APOLONE--Abalona, Abigail, Nabby
ON LIESZ--Anna Elizabeth
ERNESTINA, Ernstien, Errenstien, Teena
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