Re: [S-R] Re: Surnames/Weird Letters
- The "two F's" whether written by hand or printed by machine are still S's. You
will also see what appears to be a lower case Greek beta (ß), this too is a
multiple "S". Furthermore, English (including the USA) documents from the
1600-1700 and early 1800 also use what appears to be an "f" for an "S".
> In a message dated 7/11/01 3:15:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time, frankur@...
> > Expect that you are incorrectly transcribing some of the handwriting.
> > This is common when deciphering surname records.
> > What you read as two F's is a double German letter ss.
> > So name is Schlosserin which goes back probably to 17th-18th c
> > Germany.
> > The Sch is a German letter pron. Sh.
> > The letter cs in the T or F names is Hungarian.
> > Also in name Bucskin.
> > It was obsolete in 1910 and was equivalent to diacritic c^ = ch.
> > Sz is Hungarian letter pron. like letter s in word sell.
> > Kiellorin and Scnidein are probably incorrectly transcribed German
> > surnames as well.
> > What country are these names from ?
> > What is the source document in which names appear ?
> > What do you think was the language used ?
> The two F;s though look like printed "F's" it's not that fancy cursive kind.
> Does that still apply?
> The documents are from the Catholic Chruch records of Goellnitz (now Gelnica)
> Hungary (now S.E. Slovakia)