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Re: Knauff and Knauss
Posted by: Hubert Knauff (ID *****6963) Date: February 14, 2012 at 22:38:29
In Reply to: Knauff and Knauss by Astrea Fatica of 10

Over the years, I've noticed where such translations and re-translations via simple or perhaps sloppy English handwriting could have easily moved a few S, F, K, N, and R's around or simply transcribed them from one spelling to another! At the moment I cannot pinpoint these examples, but they have existed and probably will in the future. Most I read were usually from/to Knauffs I was simply attempting to thread toward my own in an attempt to make a true correlation as I went along. I've seen what looked like shaky or poor/tired hands jotting down whatever they best could, and don't forget many were just listening to "foreigners" and putting what they thought they heard on paper. Some boat lists, immigration documents, census records, and others that are questionably interpreted to Knauff or Knauss or Knapp or Knopf or Krauss or Knauf ... or ... the list can vary almost forever. As far as today's pronunciation, I consider myself a Knauff (pronounced NOF with a silent K and a short or light vowel), I've heard others, usually from the north USA or Europe enunciate the K, almost making it a 2-syllable word. Sorry I don't have data with me at the moment -- my main computer is down, so I use another on its network without all my data available.
Good Luck!

Hubert Knauff

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