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Posted by: John McLeod (ID *****6477) Date: November 17, 2004 at 15:58:53
In Reply to: Family Information and Crest by Laurel Kagel of 5

Watch out for spelling changes!!! Vowel sounds are (1) important in German names and (2) different from English. Names were frequently respelled to be phonetic in English when the family entered the US. If your husband's family pronounces the primary vowel as in the English word "cable," then you should be posting on the Koegel bulletin board. The actual German spelling uses a vowel that does not transmit well on the internet so two vowels are used as convention for coping. This name comes from a very different part of Germany and has a different meaning. If your folks pronouce the name as in "calender," then you are in the right place and the advice you are getting is correct.

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