Tobias A. Kemper <kemper@...>
Renate Rosenau answered to Lin Herz' question about the introduction of
rules for spelling in the German language.
It is right that an official standardization was introduced not before
the late 19th century. But the development of a standard spelling goes
back to the 18th century. The spelling of Goethe and Schiller is not far
from modern spelling.But Lin asked for the spelling of names:
In Prussia the spelling of the names was fixed by King's orders in 1816
(30.10.1816) and 1822 (15.4.1822); in the western parts of Prussia
(Rheinprovinz, Provinz Westfalen) the names have been fixed around
Lin Herz wrote:
"My grandmother was born in 1895. Her name was Elly HUMBERG. When IThe official spelling of a name is according to the birth record - in
this case: Elli. Because of this, the name is spelled "Elli" in the
marriage record, too. But for name like Elli, Willi, Toni ..., spellings
with -i and with -y were in use. In these case, it seems that the person
was used to write her name Elly, but in official documents it is Elli
according to the birth record.
Regards Tobias A. Kemper, Alfter, Germany ... tobias.kemper@...