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Re: missing family

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 1:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
These names certainly sound Germanic but there is one thing which might be helpful, these appear to be Jewish names and it is important to remember that Jews took "Europeanised" name quite late in history, a lot I believe were simply ordered to toe the line by Napoleon. This meant that instead of being "ben" something = son of, they had to have "proper" family names and in many cases they just used the name of geographical features like Sternberg = star mountain, Rosenfels = rose mountain, Gruenewald = green woods and so on. Bernstein is simply "Amber" in German. Vindright is a bit of a puzzle but "Windrichtung" (W has v sound) = the direction of the wind - it is possible that such a word was used but for simpliocity the "ung" was dropped and the "W" replaced with "V" because everyone assumed it was. Hope this may open up a few new thoughts.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Anne_Berns 5 Jan 2013 1:00AM GMT 
JerryFrank59 7 Jan 2013 3:25PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 8 Jan 2013 3:24AM GMT 
JerryFrank59 8 Jan 2013 3:35PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 8 Jan 2013 9:27PM GMT 
halpark 9 Jan 2013 8:28PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 10 Jan 2013 12:51AM GMT 
halpark 9 Jan 2013 8:31PM GMT 
pjaninevargo 29 Mar 2013 9:15PM GMT 
JerryFrank59 29 Mar 2013 10:15PM GMT 
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