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Re: Any information of origin
Posted by: Chris Wyatt (ID *****0549) Date: December 31, 2002 at 13:40:52
In Reply to: Re: Any information of origin by Charley Dittrich of 57

Actually, Dittrich is a correct spelling of the name. I can not speak for your surname, but my mother-in-law was born in Silesia. Her grandfather was a Dittrich. There are church records with this surname going back several hundred years in Silesia. While it was probably a derivitive of Dietrich, Dittrich has stood on its own as a surname in German speaking lands for centuries.

Your surname may be an "Ellis Island" name so to speak, however, is is more likely the correct spelling. Nearly every passenger's name was taken from passenger lists generated at the point of origin. Since the names were most often recorded correctly at the origin, Ellis Island officials normally got it correct. The vast majority of Germans had already entered the U.S. before Ellis Island opened anyway.

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