Monthly Archives: July 2012

What’s in a First Name?

What about first names of those ancestors whose surname ends in -at? Do you find your ancestor’s name/s in this list from Germany? By the 1880s name-giving changed remarkably from the earlier favored Old Testament. For example, in 1884, in … Continue reading

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The -at Name in Russian

The -at Name in Russian  The area where Spurgats lived was at various times subjected to German, Polish (under a Russian protectorate), and Lithuanian domination. Each government affected the lives of its people and the way the vital records of … Continue reading

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The Spelling of the -at Names

The spelling of the Spurgat name is fairly consistent throughout the records. An occasional variation is noted in the chart below.   UNIQUE SPELLING SOURCE Sporgot Marriage record in Mariampol Spurgath Baptism certificate of Bertha Spurgat (Sack)  in Essen, Germany, … Continue reading

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German or Lithuanian?

In the last post the fact that the Spurgat name does not appear in any of the German surname books, but is referenced or appears in Lithuanian publications makes it reasonably safe to conclude that Spurgat (and other –at names) … Continue reading

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