Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

The Book of Names
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Mohawk Valley
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY., 1933

Nicknames and Equivalents
Various Corruptions of Christian Names in Use Among Early German Families

A proper understanding of the various nicknames and equivalents commonly used by the early settlers is necessary in order to avoid multiplication of individuals. It is this penchant which has burdened the records. Because we have in history and early documents George, Gerg, Yerry, Jerry Klock it is assumed by the uninitiated that they were separate individuals. Aside from the fact that there was a George Junior, no other individual of the time existed. The list appended will be helpful to students of the book of names. It is contributed by Lt. L. F. Bellinger.

JOHAN JOST--John Joseph, Han Jost or Honyost

GEORG--(George), Jorg, Jurgh, Yury, Urie, Jurie.

JOHN JORG--John George, Hon Yurrie or Han Yerry.

JOHAN NICHOLAS--Han Nichol, Honikil, Honicle

JOHAN FRIEDRICH--Han Fried, Honfrie, Hoffrich, Fritz




CHRITOPHER--Stophel, Stuffle.



DEOBALD--Dewalt, David

DIETRICH--Dietterich, Richard


MELCHOIR--Meljor, Mehchert, Matthew

RUDOLPG--Dolph, Rudy

LUDOLPH--Lulof, Dolph

WILHELM--Veelie (Juvenile)


AUGUSTINUS--TENYS, Denus, Deen, Dean

CATHARINE--Caty, Katie, Catherina

MARGRETHA--Geata, Marcate, Marget, Peggy

ROSINA--Sina, Seenie

MARY MAGDALENA--Lena, Lany, Maria Lena

MARY-Polly, Bolly, Bally, Batty

ELIZABETH--Elesebeth, Lisbeth, Liz, Lieszbet, Betsey, Bess, Beth, Lizzie

APPOLONIA or APOLONE--Abalona, Abigail, Nabby

ANNA--Nancy, Agnes

GERTRUDE--Gertie, Charity

ON LIESZ--Anna Elizabeth


ERNESTINA, Ernstien, Errenstien, Teena


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