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soc.genealogy.german Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 2/4
Section - 13. What does my German surname mean?

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     The meaning of a German surname can often be found in a German-
     English dictionary (e.g., Schmidt means smith, M"uller means
     miller).  Sometimes spelling modifications, pronunciation shifts,
     or dialectal origins hide the original meaning.  In such cases,
     a general or specifically German name lexicon can be useful.
     Three standard German works are
       _Deutsche Namenkunde_ by Max Gottschald,
       _Deutsches Namenlexikon_ by Hans Bahlow,
         also available in English as _Dictionary of German Names_,
       _Das grosse Buch der Familiennamen_ by Horst Naumann, and
       _dtv-Atlas Namenkunde_ (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag).
     Please note that name interpretation is often speculative.

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Top Document: soc.genealogy.german Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 2/4
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