German SIG #Germany Re: Name adoption/change conventions during Napoleonic occupation of the Rhineland #germany

Bert Fischel <bert@...>

In 1808 my generation 6 ancestor changed his name >from Nathan Anschel
to Napoleon Johnathan Roos, and tis is recoerded in the name change
book in the Speyer Stadtarchives. I visited the Speyer archives to
discover this information. They were extremely helpful in documenting
much of my family history.

Bert Fischel <>

On Jan. 17, Michael Rubin <> wrote:

I am seeking input on naming practices during the Napoleonic-ordered
name adoption wave of 1808 in communities west of the Rhine.
In Hessen and elsewhere, it's my experience that only formal last names
were taken to replace patronymics. During the Napoleonic name-adoption,
however, I see evidence of wholesale name changes including first name
and adoption of formal new last/family name, such as Isaac Feist becoming
Elias STERN. I am interested in the experience of others with family
originating in this region.

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