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Re: Domm, George
Posted by: Bobbi Dome (ID *****0014) Date: May 07, 2002 at 13:17:59
In Reply to: Re: Domm: From Germany by D. Doc Derry of 50

Hi Doc;

Believe it or not, I found more info for you since my original post.

Before I get to your personal info, I’d like to get into some helpful hints for you and for some of our infinitely distant ‘cousins’ searching for descendants of the group of Germans that chose “Dom” as their surname. I grew up thinking that I had a rare surname. What I didn’t realize was how many spelling variations there were. Dom is the German word for cathedral. Centuries ago when people began using surnames, some people in the Alsace-Lorraine area that worked in and near cathedrals chose Dom for their surname. Phonetically, in German, an o is always pronounced “oh” , there is no ‘soft’ or ‘short’ vowel sound. There is no silent ‘e’ at the end. If you’ve noticed, George (which we pronounce – jorj), is spelled Georg ( which they pronounce gee’ ohrg). When our German ancestors immigrated, even if they were capable of reading and writing German, spelling of their names was at the mercy of the people who were recording it for various reasons. A perfect example is one of my relatives, Conrad Dom (in German pronounced – Cohn’ rahd Dohm) was spelled ‘Coonrod Doam’ in an 1800 Tax List. So in the passenger lists and in American records, there are the phonetic spellings: Dome, Dohm, and Doom Along with the rarer: Doam, Doem, Dolm and Dhom. Of course, any of these can also have an extra ‘m’ or an ‘e’ at the end, or even an ‘er’ or ‘es’ on the end. Some of this caused by bad spelling, some by people that no longer wanted to be associated with their relatives, so changed their names. Which brings up another problem, the German for cathedrals is Dome – pronounced ‘Doh’ mah’ in German and Doh may’ in French (both languages are used in Alsace-Lorraine). So we get a new set of bad spelling for these variations. Luckily for you, your G-grandfather probably arrived in the mid 1800’s. I’ve got my line back to the mid 1700’s and I don’t think he was the original immigrant. While you were searching in the census records, I’m sure you noticed the way some of the census takers embellished their handwriting. Well, back in the 1600’s, 1700’s and early 1800’s, a lot of people used the ‘German Gothic’ style of handwriting, which used all kinds of extra curls and scrolls, etc. Unfortunately, even ‘experts’ at reading this writing will look at names and disagree on whether they start with D, Dh, T, or Th. So I have even more variations. Last but not least, is a similar problem, when people are typing an index, they have trouble reading what was written. I think you have found ‘Dorn’, I also have Dorne and Donce. I’ve tried to keep this as short as possible – as of right now I have a list of almost 50 variations when I check a new index.

Now to your personal information:
I found the following in the 1920 US Federal Census, State: Illinois, County: LaSalle, Village of Crotty, Roll: T625 378, Image # 1051 –

Name Relation Sex Age Status Tenure
Domm, George Head M 43 M Own Home/Free
Irma Wife F 36 M
Irma Mae Daughter F 3 S
Domm, Frank Head M 40 S Own Home/Mortgaged

Born F Born M Born Trade Industry Employer or Wage Wrkr
Illinois Germany U.S. Mason Stone W
Illinois Maine Ohio none
Illinois Illinois Illinois none
Illinois Germany U.S. Laborer General W

About your G-grandparents, I found a marriage record for George Domm and Nora White. I also found the widowed Nora and her four sons in the 1900 Census. I’m not sure how much info these posts can hold, so I’ll post the rest in about a half hour.


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