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This spelling follows an old German practice of the female members of a family spelling the family name with “in” at the end ...
This information told me that her father’s name was Joseph, after the Russian custom of using the father’s first name as an individual’s second name or patronymic ...
In the Mennonite settlements in Russia and also in the early settlements in Canada, it was tradition that school children write a Christmas and a New Year's greeting, in their best penmanship, to give to their parents as a gift at Christmas. The teacher provided a beautiful cover to enclose the greeting ...
Personal names in German-speaking Europe consist of one or several given names (Vorname, plural Vornamen) and a surname (Nachname, Familienname) ... The Vorname (in English forename) is given to a child by the parents shortly after birth but not in all cases. It is common to give a child several Vornamen (forenames). Usually, one of them is meant to be normally used and called the Rufname (call name). This is often underlined on official documents, as it is sometimes the second or third name in the sequence of given names on official record, even though it is the given name in daily use from childhood.