Various Spellings of First Names

Because of the complicated history of Suwalki Province, the first names on the records of the family I researched varied according to the governmental jurisdiction they were living under at that time. Some examples from the records are listed below.[1]

Polish

German

English

 

 

 

         Adolf            Adolph

 

         Andrjez         Andreas            Andrew

 

         Anne        Anna           Anna

 

         August      August or          Augustin          August

 

     Auguste         Augusta

 

     Dawid         David

 

     Dorota         Dorothy,   Dorothea

 

         Emilia,    Emilie      Emilia, Emilie         Emily

 

          Karolina       Karolina, Karoline        Caroline

 

          Fryderyk,  Fredryck       Frederick, Friedrich        Frederick

 

          Henryk        Heinrich        Henry

 

          Henryka        Heinrette       Henrietta

 

          Jan         Johann       John, Jonathan

 

         Jozef        Josef      Joseph, Joe

 

         Ludwik        Ludwig      Ludwig, Louis
         Mateusz        Mathäus      Matthew
         Boleshaw        Paulina, Pauline      Pauline
        Roza, Rozalia         Rosa      Rose
       Wilhelm William, Bill
       Wilhelmine, Minna Wilhelmina, Mina

 


[1] Equivalent Christian or Given Names in English, Polish, and German, The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe SGGEE Databases, online <http://www.sggee.org/databases#surnames>, data downloaded 3 March 2008.

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About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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