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I happened to notice in Köpenick that the name of the city was spelt Cöpenick in an old street sign. Was there a general passage from C to K at some time in the history of the german language ?

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... It was formerly known as Copanic and then Cöpenick, only officially adopting the current spelling in 1931. ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Köpenick –  Em1 Oct 24 '13 at 7:04
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According to the German Wikipedia, the spelling reform of 1901 changed the spelling of a number of city names (but not all) from C to K, such as Kassel or Köln, but not Coburg or Cottbus. The article does not explicitly refer to the name Köpenick.

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general also concerns names and things ;) –  Vogel612 Oct 24 '13 at 9:14
    
Das zugehörige Tor bzw. der verbliebene Platz in Berlin heißt jedoch "Kottbusser Tor". –  user unknown Oct 24 '13 at 12:39
    
@userunknown Das wollte ich auch gerade erwähnen. Cottbuss sollte wohl auch ein K bekommen, aber es hat sich nicht durchgesetzt. –  Carsten Schultz Oct 25 '13 at 13:58
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