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I read the football news and I have a non-football question now.

Does the particle "ter" mean something in a such kind of german names as Marc-André ter Stegen?

Are there other particles?

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It's actually a Dutch surname. German citizens occasionally have Dutch (or French, Polish…) surnames but the question would perhaps be more appropriate on the equivalent Dutch-language site (if there is such a thing?) – Relaxed May 13 '14 at 10:13
@Annoyed, there is no dutch SO site unfortunately. – optim1st May 13 '14 at 13:04
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'ter' is a particle from the Netherlands, which means 'zur' in German.

With that in mind, a quick search reveals that the dutch word 'Stegen' can be translated to 'Gasse' in German, which makes his name something like Marc-André zur Gasse.

It seems that 'ter' would be used to say where someone is coming from, independent from social status. In our example, Marc-André is from an alleyway.

You can find a whole list of particles used in names (royal and non-royal) on wikipedia

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Thank you, it's very interesting! – optim1st May 13 '14 at 7:53

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