Compound last names from Detmold, Lippe Germany #germany
I am researching the last name "Jena" of my maternal Great Grandfather. He immigrated from Ritschenwalde, Prussia [ Noe Ryczywo'l Poland]. There doesn't seem
to be any records there of a Jena family earlier than about 1840s. The only other Jena families that I could located were from Detmold, in Germany, but some of the last names were Jena and others were Michaelis Jena. Does anyone have any thoughts on why some people would have just Jena and others Michaelis Jena in the same family?
Joseph Michaelis Jena Kornhändler und Particulierer 1788-1867 • LC3Z-K30
Marriage: 11 Nov 1818 Detmold, Lippe, Deutschland
Brendel Gerson Treuenfels 1800-Deceased • LC3Z-KDG
^ Children (6)
Herman Michaels Jena Kaufmann und Rent... 1825-Deceased • LC3Z-KST
Hannchen Jena 1827-Deceased • LC3Z-2NC
Särchen or Järchen Jena 1830-Deceased • LC3Z-2NN
Jacob Joseph Michaels Jena Kaufmann 1833-Deceased • LC3Z-K3C
Rika Michaelis Jena 1836-Deceased • LC3Z-2J0
Auguste Michaelis Jena 1840-Deceased •LC3Z-2JK
My GtGt Grandmother was Henriette Michaelis-Jena b. Detmold 1820 m Israel Heinemann Heimann 1842 and d 1850 in Luegde after giving birth to four children.
A generation back and several sibs were Michaelis, one Michaelis-Badt and Henriette's father Michaelis-Jena One more generation back and one brother is Jena and the other Michaelis!
I have a note but don't remember from where - that it was a way of distinguishing different branches of the family and is mentioned in histories of Westphalia.
There is a similar pattern in my Heimann family from Luegde where brothers take different surnames.
Jena is a town in Thuringia to which I have not come across a connection.
As we clearly both descend from Joseph MJ and Brendel Gerso. Treuenfels , I should be most interested to know more about the Ritschenwalde connection.
Hazel Dakers, London UK researching
BIRNBAUM &GOLD (Zgierz, Poland), HEIMANN (Luegde Germany & South Africa), MICHAELIS-JENA (Detmold ), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London & South Africa) www hazeldakers.co.uk