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    Origins of this German Surname?

    How common is Döderlein? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigrun Christianson
    How common is Döderlein? ;-)
    According to the German national telephone book service in the Internet (http://www.dastelefonbuch.de), the Döderleins are with 88 (H... H.....!) results (they seem to be mostly concentrated in Bavaria and Leipzig) head and shoulders above the 5 Christiansons. These 5 Christiansons are also nothing against the 81 Erikssons.
    Well, there will not arise a new Hitler in Germany (0 results), but with 32 Hittlers and a whole army of 508 Himmlers there's some hope for the future.
    And Goebbels's and Görings are even so many that the telephone book demands me to precisize the inquiry.
    Man ſei Held oder Heiliger. In der Mitte liegt nicht die Weisheit, ſondern die Alltäglichkeit.

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    Die häufigsten 100 Nachnamen in Deutschland

    Es soll in Deutschland über 500.000 verschiedene Familiennamen geben. Hier lesen Sie die 100 häufigsten.
    Quelle : DUDEN Familiennamen. Herkunft und Bedeutung von über 20.000 Nachnamen. (Jahrgang 2000)

    Sortiert nach Häufigkeit
    1 Müller 324101 (siehe 44)
    2 Schmidt 235760 (siehe 27, 31, 24)
    3 Schneider 142095
    4 Fischer 122941
    5 Meyer 106352 (siehe 30, 34, 39)
    6 Weber 106208
    7 Wagner 97201
    8 Becker 98445 (siehe 58)
    9 Schulz 93344 (siehe 33, 45, 84)
    10 Hoffmann 89412 (siehe 23)
    11 Schäfer 75634
    12 Koch 75082
    13 Bauer 73958
    14 Richter 72540
    15 Klein 67924 (siehe 77)
    16 Schröder 63928
    17 Wolf 63337 (siehe 95)
    18 Neumann 59445
    19 Schwarz 55086
    20 Zimmermann 53507
    21 Krüger 53365
    22 Braun 52731
    23 Hofmann 51129 (siehe 10)
    24 Schmitz 50776 (siehe 2, 27, 31)
    25 Hartmann 50690
    26 Lange 50196 (siehe 46)
    27 Schmitt 49967 (siehe 2, 31, 24)
    28 Werner 48792
    29 Krause 48756 (siehe 69)
    30 Meier 46581 (siehe 5, 34, 39)
    31 Schmid 45845 (siehe 27, 2, 24)
    32 Lehmann 45233
    33 Schulze 45074 (siehe 9, 45, 84)
    34 Maier 42741 (siehe 5, 30, 39)
    35 Köhler 42575
    36 Herrmann 42178
    37 Walter 41548
    38 Körtig 41408
    39 Mayer 40975 (siehe 5, 30, 34)
    40 Huber 39419
    41 Kaiser 39284
    42 Fuchs 38997
    43 Peters 38492
    44 Möller 37455 (siehe 1)
    45 Scholz 37393 siehe 9, 33, 84)
    46 Lang 36761 (siehe 26)
    47 Weiß 36699
    48 Jung 35095
    49 Hahn 33372
    50 Vogel 32679
    51 Friedrich 32528
    52 Günther 32441
    53 Keller 32425
    54 Schubert 32120
    55 Berger 31767
    56 Frank 31626 (siehe 64)
    57 Roth 31519
    58 Beck 30998 (siehe 8)
    59 Winkler 30784
    60 Lorenz 29067
    61 Baumann 28630
    62 Albrecht 27472
    63 Ludwig 27085
    64 Franke 27022 (siehe 56)
    65 Simon 26879
    66 Böhm 26775
    67 Schuster 26423
    68 Schumacher 26271
    69 Kraus 26043 (siehe 29)
    70 Winter 26036
    71 Otto 25986
    72 Krämer 25449
    73 Stein 25391
    74 Vogt 25328 (siehe 99)
    75 Martin 25308
    76 Jäger 24862
    77 Groß 24170 (siehe 15)
    78 Sommer 23929
    79 Brandt 23273
    80 Haas 23137
    81 Heinrich 23030
    82 Seidel 22801
    83 Schreiber 22756
    84 Schulte 22335 (siehe 9, 33, 45)
    85 Graf 22239
    86 Dietrich 21626
    87 Ziegler 21557
    88 Engel 21457
    89 Kühn 21334
    90 Kuhn 21259
    91 Pohl 21069
    92 Horn 20751
    93 Thomas 20729
    94 Busch 20726
    95 Wolff 20523 (siehe 17)
    96 Sauer 20313
    97 Bergmann 20190
    98 Pfeiffer 20009
    99 Voigt 19959 (siehe 74)
    100 Ernst 19926
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    (I supplemented the thread title, as most of the talking here is about surnames.)
    Man ſei Held oder Heiliger. In der Mitte liegt nicht die Weisheit, ſondern die Alltäglichkeit.

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    Post Photo of Eugen Fischer/On German Surnames

    I have an ancestor whose last name was Senft as in Senf (mustard). Can Thorburnulf or anyone else tell me something about this name? Was this man a mustard farmer or did he just have yellow hair or what?

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    Another request for Thorburnulf here.

    During the American Revolution, the Brits hired a whole host of so-called "Hessians" to fight for them in America. I descend from one such "Hessian" who was actually from Hildesheim and served in the Braunschweig Regiment under Baron von Riedesel. He was in the Battle of Saratoga and perhaps Bennington. He eventually deserted the Brits and signed on with the Americans and saw some more action along the Hudson River. He stayed in America after the war and married a nice German or Dutch girl named Catherine Becker and settled in the Catskill Mountains of NY State.

    Anyway, his name was Johann Daniel Engleke (sometimes seen as Englecke) and after a fashion, only became known as Daniel Angle. I'm curious about the name Engleke--what it might mean, it's commoness or lack of, etc. Any tips?

    Here's a pic of where the farm he built after the war still clings to the hills:

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    Okay, I looked up a few German name origin books...

    The name "Senft" derives normally from the Middle High German word senfte which means the same as the Modern High German, today's word sanft: "soft", "gentle" etc.; thus "Senft" is a so-called Übername which a person got because of his character.
    In some cases "Senft" derives also from the name for a mustard-maker, with the suffix -t added with the time.

    "Engleke", I guess, is quite the same as "Engelke", which, as most Engel- names, derives from the old German name Engelhard. The suffix -ke is the Low German diminutive (High German: -chen or -lein).
    Man ſei Held oder Heiliger. In der Mitte liegt nicht die Weisheit, ſondern die Alltäglichkeit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryggviulf
    Okay, I looked up a few German name origin books...

    "Engleke", I guess, is quite the same as "Engelke", which, as most Engel- names, derives from the old German name Engelhard. The suffix -ke is the Low German diminutive (High German: -chen or -lein).

    Thank you, Thorburnulf. I've certainly heard the name Engelhard before and yes, I believe I've seen the name spelled 'Engelke' as well.

    cheers :-)

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    Thank you very much Thorburnulf. This is been a puzzle for our family for generations. If I can do anything for you in return, please just say the word.

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    Question Origins and Meaning of the Following German Surnames?

    Could anyone tell me what the following German surnames mean and whether they are more common in a particular region? :Knack, Gildt, and Karst (My ancestors lived in a wasteland?)

    I don't have my family tree with me at the moment, otherwise I would ask about other names.

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    Re: German Surname origins

    Knack is the geman word for (to) "crack".
    Gildt should come from the word "Gilde". That is a corporation of craftsmen or tradesmen. Indicates upper class I think.
    Karst is a special type of mountains. Anyway the name is spread mainly around the Pfalz or Eifel region.
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    So these ancestors may come from that beautiful place.
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