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From: Brigitte Jahnke <>
Subject: Re: [G-P-L] Off Subject But Genealogy Related
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:42:46 +0200
you are right, the "h" in Witthen is not pronounced, it is an old way of
spelling, today still in use in a word like "Thron" (throne), and in
many family names such as Theissing, Thiede, Theuerkauf, Bothe,
Nathmann, etc., or maybe in the name of the river Warthe. People bought
"Thee/Tee/tea" and "thun/tun/ to do" was written in a way that today is
rather strange to most Germans.
The "h" never was pronounced, it has been called the "begleitende h/
collateral h". Most of these collateral "h" have been dropped since a
reform of German Ortography in 1901.
After that reform some families changed the spelling of their names,
The unpronounced "h" in Christoffer or Christina is something different.
Am 20.10.2011 20:20, schrieb Bobbi:
> Hi Ursula,
> I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you. It is quite possible for names
> to have an "h" in it that is not pronounced.
> My grandmother's maiden name is Theussert. And that is the way it is
> written in the German records. Also think of the name Christof or
> Christian. They are also spelled with the letter "h".
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ursula"
> Sent: 20 October, 2011 1:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [G-P-L] Off Subject But Genealogy Related
>> unlike in the English language, in the German any words are pronounced the
>> way they are spelled, by that I mean to say that
>> the name "Whitten" would first of all not be spelled with an "h" and would
>> be pronounced to rhyme with "written", without the "r" of course.
>> That said, if your ggrandma's maiden name was pronounced to rhyme with
>> "Whiting" then the German derivative could have been spelled as
>> "Weiting" [rymes with "writing"], or "Weiding" [rhymes with "siding"].
>> Let's see what Vera can come up with.
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