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Re: Prause-Posen,Ger/Poland/SC
Posted by: Manja Date: February 05, 2001 at 07:54:55
In Reply to: Re: Prause-Posen,Ger/Poland/SC by Gloria Prause Helleson of 39

Hi Gloria!

Haha, you're right...perhaps we could be related? That would be fun, having family in the USA. I myself am from the Netherlands.

I have some interesting information on the surname Prause.
First of all, it appears to be Jewish. Have you also found a relationship to being Jewish?
My great grandmother was Jewish, her name was Klara Leopold, she was married to Gottlieb Prause, of course, my grandmother was Jewish too, but she didn't remember, although she still performed a lot of Jewish customs & traditions.
Which definitely means that I am Jewish too, since my mother was born Jewish.
Anyway, the mother of Gottlieb was Anna Grun, which is also a Jewish name, so I think Gottlieb Prause was Jewish too.
Anna Grun married to another Prause, I don't know his name, out of that was Gottlieb (born in 1884, Grosshammer in Silesia).
Out of my research it appears that they were originally all Polish, since Silesia only for a short time belonged to Germany.
On the overall, Silesia was also a part of Prussia during that time.
My grandfather, married to Christa Prause (my grandmother) came from East Prussia.
They are called the family Frey now (with Frey being a typical Jewish name as well).
Do you know anything about the Jewish affiliation?

I would be glad to receive your family tree, my email address is
Please send it as an attachment (e.g. in a Word file)
You can have mine as well, if you like, although we aren't very far yet.
I am intending to go to Poland and see for myself.

Anyway, a few time ago, I read on this site interesting information on the surname Prause. It was compiled by Ann-Charlotte Prause, I printed it out, and will type this down for you:

" As of 1990, there were 22 citizens named Prauze in Poland. They lived in the following provinces: Katowice (13), kIELCE (3).
There were 49 Polish citizens named Prauza.
They lived in the following provinces: Czestochowa (30), Katowice (15), Konin (3) Poznan (1).
There were 73 Polish citizens named Prause. They lived in the following provinces: Katowice (44), Krakow (2), Opole (5), Poznan (22).
There were also 7 named Prause. They all lived somewhere in Poznan.

The point is, all these names are different ways of spelling the same name, which is actually not a Polish name orignallly, but German: Prause. This is not odd, over the centuries, many, many Germans came to live in Poland and settled there. The best information indicates that this name originally came from the same root as Preussen in German, Prussia in English or Prusy in Polish, thus the surname probably meant Prussian, one from Prussia, meaning the region of Prussia in what is now northern Poland. Prause is the standard German way of spelling that name, but Poles have often modified the spelling of German names to fit their phonetic preferences.
The German S in that name is pronounced like Polish Z, and the German -e sounds much like Polish -a, so it is not difficult to understand why it might be spelled Prausa, Prause, Prauza and Prauze. It's all the same name.
That does not necessarily mean all people by those names are related".

Well, my Prause-family all came from Grosshammer, a place near Breslau (Wroclaw), that is as far as I could go back.

I would love to hear from you again.

The Prause Department in Rotterdam, Netherlands!!!!!!!! :)


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