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Use of ss or ß in a surname

In the German surname Voss, can ss be used interchangeably with ß? In Berlin there is a street spelled Voßstraße, which I understand to translate to Voss Street. But I am not sure if someone with this ...
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Welchen Effekt haben bestimmte Artikel mit eindeutigen Personennamen?

Ich habe den folgenden Satz gelesen: Den Move würd ich morgen gern vom Jan sehen. Jan ist eine Person, und in diesem Kontext gibt es nur einen Jan – es besteht also keine Mehrdeutigkeit. Welchen ...
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Gödel but Noether?

Kurt Gödel and Emmy Noether are both prominent mathematicians. And I’m wondering why so many people write Gödel with umlaut but not Nöther. I’ve searched and found here asserting that Only Noether ...
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Ist „FAMILIENNAME Vorname“ akzeptabel auf einer deutschen Visitenkarte, wenn mein Name nicht der westlichen Namensordnung folgt?

Mein Name wird normalerweise nicht gemäß der westlichen Namensordnung geschrieben, sondern als Familienname Vorname. Es ist mir aber schon öfter passiert, dass ich darauf geachtet habe, in deutschen ...
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Pronunciation of the surname Ruhle

I live in Australia and I had a big family gathering over the weekend. We know that our ancestors moved to Australia from Germany in the late 1800s. There was a big argument over how to properly ...
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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Our last name is Fahnel which is German and I wanted to know the correct way to pronounce it. Some relatives believe it is pronounced Fennel like the spice but I believe it is either Fah-nel or ...
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What is the proper translation/name of Jesus Christ in German?

I’ve seen Jesus (pronounced 'Yey-zoos, IPA: /ˈjeː.zʊs/) as the German name of Jesus ('Jee-zus /ˈdʒiː.zəs/), is that correct? For Christ (Kryst /kraɪst/), I’ve seen Christus (Krist-oos /ˈkʀɪs.tʊs/), ...
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Pronunciation of “Leonhard Euler”

In almost every source I know, Euler has been pronounced as /ˈȯi-lər/ . Nevertheless, in a number of books translated to other languages, it is mentioned as: /ˈjuːlər/ . I doubt in it incorrectness, ...
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How to alphabetically sort a list of names?

How do you alphabetically sort German names when a list contains last names starting with "Von ...", "De ...", "Van ..." etc.? Also, how are words with umlauts (ä, ö, ü) and other diacritical ...
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The name construct: <Vorname> <Nachname>+ genannt +<Nachname>; where does it originate from?

The question I have is probably a bit strange. It is about my name, more specifically my second name. My second name has the following form: <nachname1>+ genannt +<nachname2>. Two second names ...
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Die Aussprache der Endung -ow

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Why is the -ow in place names pronounced the way it is? Warum wird in Orts- und Familiennamen wie Pankow, Treptow und Bülow der Buchstabe ...
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Wie liest man Nummern in Namen wie “Elisabeth II.” vor?

Wir freuen uns auf den Besuch von Königin Elisabeth II. Wie spricht man "Königin Elisabeth II." aus? Liest man es immer als Genitiv (Elisabeth der Zweiten) vor?
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Origin of the surname Bargfleth

What do Barg and Fleth mean when put together? This is a family name of mine and I’m trying to trace it. There is a place called Barg in either northern Germany or southern Denmark and Fleth I’m a ...
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Origin (and Derivative) of the Name Marlene?

I have read that "Marlene" Dietrich was originally named Maria Magdelena Dietrich. If this is true, would Marlene then be a contraction of of Maria Magdelena? Or did the name exist before Ms. Dietrich ...
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How to address people with a preposition in their family name properly?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wie werden Namen von Adligen in Briefadressen korrekt angegeben? As in other languages, sometimes you can encounter German names with ...
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IPA von Haeckel (Hegel, Händel, …)

Ich bin mir unsicher, ob und wie ich die IPA-Wiedergabe von Haeckel im englischen Wikipediartikel über Ernst Haeckel korrigieren oder ergänzen soll. Dort steht [ˈhɛkəl], mir scheint aber auch ...
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Using definite article with people's names

So, in looking at some fairly basic German conversations, I came across the following: Hallo, wie heißt du? Ich heiße Susanne. Und du? Ich bin der Martin. Und wer ist das? Das ist ...
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The literal meaning and origin of the name “Thallman”

My mother’s maiden name is Thallman. Her side of the family is German in heritage, and due to some diligent work by my grandfather, we are able to trace my families blood back through many ...
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What does the name “Furtwängler” mean?

Is this an occupational surname? If so, what is a Furtwängler? “Furt” might be a ford, but my web searching has not found any gloss for “Wängler”.
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What are the rules to forming noun compositions like 'Hesse-Matrix'?

I stumbled over the term "Hesse-Matrix". A matrix is a mathematical object and a Hesse-Matrix is a particular matrix named after mathematician Ludwig Otto Hesse. My first question is whether this ...
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Regel für Abtrennung des Vornamens vom vorangestellten Nachnamen

Wo steht die Regel, dass der vorangestellte Nachname vom nachfolgend geschriebenen Vornamen durch ein Komma getrennt wird?
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What is the meaning of the name Ziesenis or Zieseniss?

One of my ancestral surnames is Ziesenis and I'd like to know what it means. They were Prussian immigrants to the US back in the 1800s.
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How to properly address “Graf zu”?

Here is a simple question from a person with a limited knowledge in German. Currently I'm writing a letter to a person who has a title of "Graf zu" someplace. Now how would you properly address him? ...
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“dass sie es dem Werther gleichtaten” – what does the article mean here? [duplicate]

Eine tragische Liebesgeschichte, die manche Leser so ergriff, dass sie es dem Werther gleichtaten und ihrem irdischen Dasein ein Ende setzten. As Werther is a name for a person, what does dem ...
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Particle “ter” in german surnames such as Marc-André ter Stegen. Does it mean something?

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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What might the names “Loeffler” and “Loeffelmacher” mean?

This question is not so much about language and grammar, but what I want to know is what could possibly be the origin of these two last names? Loeffler is a fairly common last name, Loeffelmacher is ...
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Origin of the name “Lichfett”?

Does someone know where the family name Lichfett comes from? I met this name in Brazil. Is it perhaps only a modified version of Lichtfett?
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Using the genitive form of Christus in German

I recently asked a question regarding the proper German translation of Jesus Christ. I was told that Christ was Christus, and the genitive form was Christi. So I would just like some help ...
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What's the correct American translation for the family name “Würker”?

I'm interested to know the correct American English form of Würker. Any general background information on this name's roots would also probably prove insightful as well. Thanks! :)
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Typical German family names (for Americans) [closed]

Which last names do Amercians consider typically German? I don't mean which are the most common family names in Germany, but which names signal their German origin the most and feel most common to ...