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Naming practices
Posted by: Clarence R. Shirey Date: June 17, 2001 at 06:34:44
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Example of a typical Swiss/German naming practices and custumns:

"Anna Maria Dorothea"....the woman would have been called by her family "Dorothea" not the other names. Thus any documentation on her is "Dorothea" not the other names!!

These were "typical".... for girls and with the boys you find "Johann" which was dropped i.e. Johann "Philip" he'd been called "Philip" not "John!" Johann "Adam" would be "Adam" thus "ADAM MANY / MOHNEY" etc. etc. If the name were Johannes...then he was known as John...thus the "John" of the famed stone house in now Alcola, Redbank Twp., Clarion Co., PA. no longer standing.

And No, a thousand times No!!! You can't take a "known" birthdate and claim it as someone else's child. Example: Peter MAUNEY, MOHNEY & wife whom I believe was Margaret (RIEGEL) from a Baptism at Mt. Bethel Church by both of them. The "children" are distinctly named... thus a John "Adam" doesn't become a "John" etc. he's "Adam!!"


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