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Re: Origin of the Surname Rife
Posted by: Loretta Lynn Layman Date: August 22, 2000 at 05:11:25
In Reply to: Re: Origin of the Surname Rife by jennings t.rife of 321

Thanks. It's good to know more specifically where in Germany the name originated. I was aware of the pronunciation. I sang with a German women's choir for a couple of years and learned some simple rules of German pronunciation. Whenever "ie" or "ei" appear in a word, the first letter is silent and the second letter is pronounced as a long vowel. For Reiff, the result is the long "i" sound as you say. I suppose that's how in America it often came to be spelled Rife.


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