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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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How to pronounce "Gröbner"?

The letters "ö" and "o" represent two different vowels, so "o" as in soft or ocean is not correct (both would be "o" in German, too), and the short "oo&...
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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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How should I read "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind" in German?

This name is pronounced [ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt]. His whole name is "Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind", but he became known as "Richard Dedekind" which is pronounced [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt] ...
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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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How to pronounce "Gröbner"?

HalvarF already said it in his answer: Letters with umlauts (ä, ö, ü) are distinct letters in German language. Historically they derived from the letters without dots, and there are still connections (...
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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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Indicate vowel hiatus in non-German family name

Comedian Bernhard Hoecker —pronounced Ho-ecker– doesn't want to be called Bernhard Höcker. As oe is also an alternative writing of ö. That's why he writes his name as Hoëcker. Though Höcker would be ...
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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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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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Is the name Alfred derived from Abraham?

That does not seem to be the usual derivation, but rather a compound of two old German words, 'alb' and 'rad' (according to Wikipedia or Wiktionary): From Old English Ælfrǣd, from ælf (“elf”) and rǣd ...
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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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Is the name Alfred derived from Abraham?

A lot of Jewish folks have a Hebrew name used in synagogue; often there is an English (or German, or French, etc.) name too. Sometimes it's a straight cognate -- "Joseph" for "Yosef&...
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Why is a definite article required here?

As soon as you're adding adjective attributes to a name, you need an article. Frau Calvin hat mir das gesagt. Die alte Frau Calvin hat mir das gesagt. Die heute besonders auffallend frisierte Frau ...
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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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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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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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What does Droßelmeier name mean in Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King?

As mentioned in other answers, Meier and its variations is a very common name. It is as ordinary as names like Smith or Farmer or Taylor in English, not unusual at all as the name of a real person or ...
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Gottemeitschi is from which German language?

I speak the language, Gottemeitschi means goddaughter. Meitschi is a Term for Mädchen (Girl) commonly and specifically used around Bern. Most Swiss German speakers in northeastern Switzerland would ...
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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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Pronunciation of "Dirichlet"

Wikipedia says there are two possible pronunciations for »Lejeune Dirichlet« (last name of Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet): [ləˈʒœn diʀiˈkleː] [ləˈʒœn diʀiˈʃleː] I do not speak french, so i ...
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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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What does Droßelmeier name mean in Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King?

Droßel I'm not sure when the spelling »Droßel« was correct. I guess this must have been before 1876, this is the year in which German spelling was unified for the very first time. Since then the ...
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Ist „FAMILIENNAME Vorname“ akzeptabel auf einer deutschen Visitenkarte, wenn mein Name nicht der westlichen Namensordnung folgt?

Persönliche Einschätzung Ich persönlich würde den Sinn der Großschreibung sofort erfassen und mich über die Hilfe sehr freuen. Als unhöflich empfinde ich das nicht, denn es hilft, „peinliche“ ...
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