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From: Rebecca <>
Subject: Re: [Ger-Gen] Are Theodore and Dietrich used interchangeably?
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 19:53:01 -0800 (PST)
Regarding your question of interchangeability. I have
two more thoughts.
I've been looking at church records from the late
1700s to mid 1800s. I haven't seen these two names
interchanged, per se. If you check a post I made a
week or two ago, maybe here or on the GERMAN-SURNAME
LIST, I've discussed the given names my early
ancestors used and the names they used in the US.
Seemingly very different names.
What caught my eye with your post is that I have
Theodores (plural) and Dietrich in the first family.
However, none of them were given or baptised with
these names. They 'adopted' them in the passenger
list and ultimately in the US. I had no clue as to
why the 'Theodore' name was adopted. A baptism witness
to the son who became Dietrich on the passenger list
and Richard in the US ... was a Dietrich. I had
assumed he used that name as a sign of respect for his
Now I'll have to rethink my assumptions.
You may want to post your question on the OLD GERMAN
LIST. I suggest you add the range of years you are
researching. This could have an impact on, if and
when, the names were interchangeable.
--- Lynn Brandvold <> wrote:
> Some researchers on one of my lines which came to
> America in the early
> 1700s from Germany or Barvaria, are claiming that
> the first names
> Theodore and Dietrich are interchangeable. I have
> other German lines
> where the names Dietrich and Theodore are used and
> there is no
> interchangeability, in other words Dietrich is never
> referred to as
> Theodore and vise versa. Has anyone ever come across
> Thanks for any help.
> Lynn Brandvold
> Socorro, NM
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