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Old 08-10-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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This thread is interesting because tracing the family tree only takes things so far.

There were Roman soldiers all over the area for quite a while, Ghengis Khan's invasion, brides carried home from other countries....then Napolean marching all over the place and so on and so forth.

So, it would be really interesting to see a genetic test and learn even more.

I personally doubt there was much pressure to change German surnames since:
a) There were so many Germans already in the country
b) Both WW1 and WW2 propaganda were directed towards the Kaiser and Hitler....they really didn't demonize the german people.

 
Old 08-10-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Cali
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One of my all time fave movies, what a great send up of Marlene!
Well Charlotte Rampling does a pretty good job in The Night Porter.:-)
 
Old 08-10-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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This thread is interesting because tracing the family tree only takes things so far.

There were Roman soldiers all over the area for quite a while, Ghengis Khan's invasion, brides carried home from other countries....then Napolean marching all over the place and so on and so forth.

So, it would be really interesting to see a genetic test and learn even more.

I personally doubt there was much pressure to change German surnames since:
a) There were so many Germans already in the country
b) Both WW1 and WW2 propaganda were directed towards the Kaiser and Hitler....they really didn't demonize the german people.
Maybe that person was thinking when the Germans immigrated to the US?
 
Old 08-11-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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America is a land of immigrants. In addition to German immigrants, Italians, British, Dutch, French, Danish, Swedish and others immigrated to the U.S. for better life. Somehow, German last name was changed due to clerical errors? What about surnames of other Europeans?

Also, I know someone hasn't answered this yet. Why is there no German American with last name, "Manstein", "Guderian," "Keitel", "Rommel" and "Donitz"? Or has anyone seen any?
 
Old 08-11-2010, 09:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Also, I know someone hasn't answered this yet. Why is there no German American with last name, "Manstein", "Guderian," "Keitel", "Rommel" and "Donitz"? Or has anyone seen any?

No von Klucks either.
 
Old 08-12-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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America is a land of immigrants. In addition to German immigrants, Italians, British, Dutch, French, Danish, Swedish and others immigrated to the U.S. for better life. Somehow, German last name was changed due to clerical errors? What about surnames of other Europeans?

Also, I know someone hasn't answered this yet. Why is there no German American with last name, "Manstein", "Guderian," "Keitel", "Rommel" and "Donitz"? Or has anyone seen any?
Doing a quick Google search, I found some Guderians interred in Arizona in the 1990s, a Manstein in Philadelphia, Keitels predominantly in NY, PA, MO, and WI, a few Rommels in Wisconsin, and some genealogical postings from an American named Don Doenitz.
 
Old 08-16-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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idk, but im green-eyed blond hair german.
 
Old 08-16-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Doing a quick Google search, I found some Guderians interred in Arizona in the 1990s, a Manstein in Philadelphia, Keitels predominantly in NY, PA, MO, and WI, a few Rommels in Wisconsin, and some genealogical postings from an American named Don Doenitz.

Any Klinks?
 
Old 08-20-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Europe (GER)
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There is no single "German" look anyway, even in Germany. The nordic looking ones up North look a lot different from the darker bavarians.
Bavarians are not "darker". Why should they ? We are not of Italian descent. The Germanic tribe of the Bavarii came from Bohemia.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 07:06 AM
 
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America is a land of immigrants. In addition to German immigrants, Italians, British, Dutch, French, Danish, Swedish and others immigrated to the U.S. for better life. Somehow, German last name was changed due to clerical errors? What about surnames of other Europeans?

Also, I know someone hasn't answered this yet. Why is there no German American with last name, "Manstein", "Guderian," "Keitel", "Rommel" and "Donitz"? Or has anyone seen any?
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Don't forget Hitler. Hittler, Huddler, etc.
The only living relative of Hitler is American.
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