Another Birth/Baptism - just 1 word missing and 2 unsure

  • "Sophia Margretha v. Schwan ist geboren 6.Juni 1765,
    getauft 8.Juni. Der Vater ist Otto Berend v. Schwan, die (Mutter)
    Maria Anna geboren Broerssen. Die Ge_______ sind: Mar-
    gretha Büters (?) und Margretha Albers (?)."


    I tried looking in the dictionary for German words beginning in "Ge" and translations for witnesses and Godparents, but nothing seem to fit. Can you read it?
    Thank you.
    Christiana Swan

  • Thank you so much. Was that spelling of Margaretha without an "a" common in northern Germany or do you think the writer was just trying to save ink?

  • Hello Chris,


    Margaretha is the latinised form of Margarethe, Margretha is the shortend form of Margaretha. The German forms are Margarete, shortend Margret (both without h). All these spellings were common.


    Kind regards
    Detlef

  • The German forms are Margarete, shortend Margret (both without h).


    It's of no big importance, but for many centuries up to the end of the 19th century an further on you find in Germany lots of "Margareth(a)"s with an h.


    Just one example.


    https://books.google.de/books?…nepage&q=Margreth&f=false

    Viele Grüße
    h :) nry


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  • @ Henry,


    that is what I pointed out: "All these spellings were common."
    In addition: also common was Grete, the shortend form of Margarete. Nicknames were Gretel and Gretchen.
    And Greta, the first name of the Swedish clima activist Thunberg, is a nickname of Margareta.


    Gruß - Detlef

  • All clear :thumbsup:

    Viele Grüße
    h :) nry


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