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Re: Bogenrief, this can't be!
Posted by: Margaret Boruff Date: June 17, 2001 at 10:44:42
In Reply to: Bogenrief, this can't be! by Karen Boruff of 176

If you will only go back and read your own posts to see how many spelling errors you made, you will see that it would be easy for names to change because people spelled using... fonetics. Phonetics does not make sense anyway so using phonetics to prove a point is moot.

People on this site have traced their own families from Boruff back to a German man named Simon....where his ancestors were two or three generations back is another story. Maybe they did come from France and before France where? I looked up French surnames and there were no Bogen, de Bogen, Bogenreiff, or Bogenrieff names on the list. I looked up German surnames and also did not find them. If the name Bogenreiff means bow maker, it would depend upon where you are how that would be we would say Bowright, Bowmaker, or Bowsmith. My logic tells me that the name could have evolved to Smith and that is why I cannot find my Smith family.....they are really Bogenriefs. Wow. You cannot depend on logic when it comes to the written word. There is very little logic involved. I live in an area where Chaucer's English has still held on in some words, that's why people from everywhere make fun of us when we speak. My uncle "hopes" people, I "help" them, my father-in-law could have taught you some "pure English" but you would have laughed your way to the library to see what he said.
God had a good reason for confounding the languages, it was to keep us from thinking we were so smart and probably to keep some of us from knowing where we came from because we might think we are more special than the next person. Remember what he did to Lot's wife for looking back to where she came from instead of where she was going.


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