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Dictionary of German Names
Second Edition
Hans Bahlow
Translated and revised by Edda Gentry

German names from Aa to Zyrus

A boon for genealogical research and an interesting browse for the merely curious, this detailed dictionary is an English-language reference for more than 15,000 German family names, including variant spellings as well as the meaning and origin of each name. Some entries will provoke a chuckle, others a bit of embarrassment, still others a sense of wonder and pride. This second edition of an already popular resource has been expanded throughout and includes many corrections and enhancements.

"A classic for anyone interested in their German ancestry and an invaluable tool for North Americans trying to determine what part of Germany they came from."
—Helmut Schmahl, Johannes Gutenberg University–Mainz

Distributed for the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

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the cover of the Bahlow dictionary is vibrant red, with white type and a black textured stripe at the top. A map of Europe is faintly visible as a texture under it all.

June 2002

LC: 99-070400 CS
656 pp.   6 x 9   3 maps

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