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Additives to German Surnames

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Additives to German Surnames

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 6:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Nov 2012 12:44PM GMT
Surnames: Orthaus ,Herker,Herkerorthaus
In looking at records from the 1600's to 1700's for my ancestors in Westfalen, Germany, I am finding that some of their surnames have additional names added to them. The ones I'm seeing most often are ter, ten, herker and lutke.

Can someone help me clarify what these names mean? Why were they used? Are they considered part of their surname during that time?

When recording my ancestor's surname should I use the additive or drop it? For example: Should Joan Herman Orthaus be recorded as Joan Herman (Herker) Orthaus or Joan Herman Herkerorthaus or just ignored?

Any help is appreciated.
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PSpiegel 22 Sep 2012 12:08AM GMT 
f_lammers 29 Dec 2013 3:33PM GMT 
Alison Love 5 Feb 2017 2:55AM GMT 
PSpiegel 5 Feb 2017 6:26AM GMT 
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