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Re: FIGERT,Peter Deu>OH
Posted by: Teri Pettit Date: July 30, 1998 at 13:48:20
In Reply to: FIGERT,Peter Deu>OH by melissa figart of 73

Melissa, do you know the names of your great-grandparents (Kermit's parents)? Also, where were these Figart families located?

Not sure what the reference to "family feuding" means. Nearly all names except the simple ones like Jones and Black varied widely until recently. Many times the same document will spell a person's name in several different ways. In his Revolutionary War pension application, my ancestor's last name is spelled Pettitt, Pettit, and Petitt, and his first name is spelled Mathew and Matthew, in the space of three pages all written by the same court clerk, who was an educated lawyer. This clerk spells his own name both Ludduth and Luduth in the same document.

People just didn't care about how names were spelled, first or last, until the days of large businesses with thousands of customers on file that they needed to be able to look up in an index.

In Germany, the most common spellings seen are Feikert and Feigert. Here, it is usually Figert, Figart, or Figard. I haven't heard of "Figary" being considered the same name as Figart, but all of the rest of them I've seen.


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