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]







         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 <>, data downloaded 3 March 2008.

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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