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Re: Joseph Getzy
Posted by: Robert Shive (ID *****7483) Date: October 14, 2012 at 07:04:18
In Reply to: Re: Joseph Getzy by Sharon Coyne of 4141

My family name was Scheib back in Bucks County in the 1740's. It gradually evolved starting about 1800 or so to Shive, Shipe, and a number of other sound similar names. Thing is that there were several Scheib families; and not all of them had their names evolve the same way. And there were also Scheib groups that kept the name Scheib.

My Mom's family was a little different. My g-grandmother came to the US as Genozi and was married as Geci. The name has pretty well settled down now as Gensey or Gency. But I've also seen Gontzi, Genzey, Genzi, and Ganzy; almost anything starting with a G and having two syllables with a vowel sound on the end. Getsy fits into this mold. Sometimes three syllables as well (I've also seen Ganocy). Think it has something to do both with how the Slovak o and e get rendered into English and whatever the local dialect of English was.

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