Family Names - DEUTSCH #germany

George Arnstein <vze2zx9t@...>

Hermann da Fonseca-Wollheim Tervuren, Belgium had some welcome examples on
Sep 4 Gersig discussion of persons who adopted as LAST Name the name of the
locality in which he/they lived. But then he seems to go astray in his
discussion of DEUTSCH as a last name, especially when he suggests patriotic

I think this merely was someone who migrated to a non-German-speaking area
where the new community identified him as deutsch-speaking. "You know,
David who speaks deutsch," then contracted to simply David Deutsch,
possibly in an environment where Jews spoke Yiddish (eastern or western

Note the many Alsatians named Schwab, suggesting ancestors in Schwaben
across the Rhine. And what about those named Tedesco?

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