The state of Geilich? #general


Jan Bousse <janbousse@...>
 

Henry Best, London, asked:
Does anyone in the group know where Geilich was?

I would suggest Gulik, in German Juelich. It's in Germany, just over the
border >from Limburg. Now in Nord Rhine Westfalia, district of Dueren.

Jan Bousse, Oostende, Belgium


Sue Clamp <clamp@...>
 

Henry Best wrote:

I've received some information about an ancestor's wedding in Holland in
1733. The bride is noted as: Mata bat Meyer z.l. >from the State of Geilich.
Does anyone in the group know where Geilich was?

Remember that this was the Dutch name for the place, not necessarily the
name of the place used by its natives, just as we call the country Holland,
but to the Dutch its Nederland.

Henry Best,
London
Geilich sounds more German than Dutch to me, and when I enter it into
Google Earth, it just comes up with a list of people by that name all
over Germany.

Playing around with the spelling, I found Gulick on an old map and found
Juelich on modern ones, to the west of Koeln (Cologne)
Read: http://www.juelich.de/geschichte_e

Maybe a candidate?

Sue Clamp


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 5/24/2008 5:11:59 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
henry.best1@ntlworld.com writes:
I've received some information about an ancestor's wedding in Holland in
1733. The bride is noted as: Mata bat Meyer z.l. >from the State of Geilich.
Does anyone in the group know where Geilich was?

==I googled it. 17,000, mentions, apparently all names. See also spelling
with double ll.

==However, the adjective geil >from which geilich is derived, has a meaning
in German. Today it refers almost exclusively to sexual lust or desire. In
more sedate times it meant "desirous," or "eager...keen...be crazy about"
or "luxuriant" (of vegetation.)

==Perhaps if this was in a light, bantering message it was suggesting that
the bride was in a "state" of eagerness or excitement to marry the groom.

Michael Bernet, New York
mbernet@aol.com

MODERATOR NOTE: Thanks, Michael, for adding a note of humor to the discussion!