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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Since the link was broken, the new link to the results of the Atlas zur Deutschen Alltäglichen Sprache, respective 9th round is:
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Trying to decipher a German name

This is Sütterlin script (i.e., a later version of the Kurrent). Apart from that, I agree with @HalvarF that the text reads: Erinnerung an Neapel which translates to: Memory of Naples. Details It ...
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What is the proper translation/name of Jesus Christ in German?

Since the cases in German closely correspond to the cases in Latin, and since the Latin language is such a significant cultural possession of the Roman Catholic church, the name "Jesus Christus" is ...
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Use of ss or ß in a surname

No, personal names are always spelled as they are officially registered on birth. They do not fall under the changes of rules of New German Orthography.(1) If an ß is not available (on your keyboard),...
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What is the 'mit A-Y' in 'ist dort die Firma Mayer mit A-Y'?

In ancient times, a Meier was a land agent (the administrator of an estate). The estate that he administrated was called Meierei. Today many people have the name of this old profession as their ...
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Is 'Th.' in a name the short form of Theodor?

Th as an abbreviation name can stand for many first names and is not explicitly intended for ONE first name. It can be for "Theodor", but it can also be "Thomas", "Thaddäus&...
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Gödel but Noether?

What you learnt is correct. You always write the umlaut unless you don’t have it on your keyboard. However especially in names the rules are somewhat flexible. So you might see people using the e ...
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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Assuming that the spelling was unchanged upon immigration to the US, the pronunciation would be Fah-nel (IPA: [ˈfaːnəl]), with the ah pronounced like the sound your doctor asks you to make at a check ...
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Wie liest man Nummern in Namen wie "Elisabeth II." vor?

Für eine Königin ist es etwas schwerer zu erkennen als für einen König, da die Flexion von Feminina weniger eindeutig ist; deswegen möchte ich Huberts Antwort dahingehend ergänzen: Das ist Heinrich ...
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Wie liest man Nummern in Namen wie "Elisabeth II." vor?

Wenn die Queen im Nominativ steht: Königin Elisabeth die Zweite besuchte Berlin. Wenn sie selbst im Genitiv steht: Das ist der Hut der Königin Elisabeth der Zweiten. Dativ: Dieser Hut ...
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Gödel but Noether?

Proper nouns are not covered by orthographic rules, full stop. That is the essence when asking for why a given person or a given place is spelt the way they are. Excursion on the use of umlauts For ...
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Pronunciation of the surname Ruhle

If the original form of the name was Ruhle without an umlaut, its German pronunciation would be very similar to the word ruler in non-rhotic accents of English (which include Australian English), i.e. ...
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Pronunciation of “Leonhard Euler”

The article in the English Wikipedia gives two similar pronunciations /ˈɔɪlər/ (Swiss) and /ˈɔʏlɐ/ (German). I agree with them. The article even has a footnote that explains with references that ...
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Use of ss or ß in a surname

No, they cannot be used interchangeably nowadays. However, spelling used to be less strict, so in older documents you may find several spellings for the same person. Consequently, surnames today often ...
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Wie spricht man den Namen Pahl aus?

The h after the a is a length marker. The h itself is silent. It marks only, that the vowel before it is a long vowel. So, you pronounce "Pahl" exactly the same way as "Paal": [...
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Particle "ter" in german surnames such as Marc-André ter Stegen. Does it mean something?

'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 ...
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How to pronounce Zoe(y), Lucy, Amy and Stella as German names?

The appropriate thing to do would be to ask them. People with "foreign" names often want their name pronounced differently than German-speakers might otherwise pronounce them.
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Is 'Th.' in a name the short form of Theodor?

In your example it's indeed short for Theodor Gabler. Doctor theologiae is in short Dr. theol.. As @guidot pointed out in a comment: Any specification following Dr. is lower-case, as rer. nat. h.c....
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Was bedeutet „Feuchtwangen“ auf Englisch?

The problem with names is that long age often obscures their origin: The original meaning is lost or reinterpreted; changes in pronunciation and spelling occur. The German Wikipedia entry for ...
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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Lange Antwort Ich bin erstaunt über die Behauptung "der Didi" klinge distanzierter als "Didi". Ich kenne zwei sprachliche Paradigmen, von denen keines diese Deutung nahelegt! Ich ...
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How do you pronounce 'René', a German male given name, in German?

My first name is René. I call myself [ʁe:ˈne:] and most people default to this pronunciation even when they never spoke to me. Using the French pronunciation makes you sound smug. It's not commonly ...
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What is the 'mit A-Y' in 'ist dort die Firma Mayer mit A-Y'?

It's simply spelling out a and y for clarification. That's done often with last names like Mayer, because there are many other common spellings of that name like e.g. Meier or Maier.
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Is 'Th.' in a name the short form of Theodor?

In Germany, the degree Doctor theologiae is abbreviated as Dr. theol. Here, Th. abbreviates the given name of Dr. Gabler, which could be, for example Theodor Theodora Thomas Theolen Theobald Thaddeus ...
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Origin of the surname Bargfleth

This is one of the instances where English and northern German languages show their relation: A fleet is a saline waterway, channel or inlet, literally meaning "something that flows" - the spelling ...
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How to pronounce Zoe(y), Lucy, Amy and Stella as German names?

English names are pronounced the English way, just as you described. (Another example is Justin) This is also true for most names from other languages. Just when such names contain consonants or ...
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Warum gibt es keine traditionell deutschen* Vornamen, die mit "Sch" beginnen?

Namen verhalten sich grundsätzlich wie alle anderen Wörter, was die Etymologie betrifft. »Traditionell deutsche Vornamen« lassen sich einteilen in: von Germanischen Vorläufern abgeleitete Namen aus ...
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Deutsche Entsprechung zu Karen?

Ich habe nicht den Eindruck, dass es das Phänomen in Deutschland oder Europa in wirklich vergleichbarer Form gibt. Die typische "Karen" ist eine amerikanische weiße Generation-X- oder Boomer-...
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Was bedeutet „Feuchtwangen“ auf Englisch?

The German Wikipedia entry to Feuchtwangen offers the etymology. Der Name geht auf das Bestimmungswort fiuchta (Fichte) und das Grundwort -wang (Wiesenhang, Aue) zurück. Es liegt *Fiuhtinwanga (mit ...
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Gödel but Noether?

A even more famous example is Goethe: The grandfather of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe did not have the Name Goethe. His name was Friedrich Georg Göthe (with ö ...
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