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Subject: Re: German last names
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest)
Date: May 3, 2005 at 3:25 PM
Reply to: Gernman last names by Chris Colombo

GEHLER: 1. from "gehl" (gelb) meaning yellow (fair) + "Haar" (hair) / 2. from a place-name Geel / 3. possibly from Gele, a short form of Gertrud (not sure about this)

EHRLICHMANN: Rather "honoured man" than "honest man"

SCHNELLINGER: Most likely from then place-name Schnellingen (in the Black Forest)

SEELER: 1. from "Seil" (rope): maker of ropes 2. from various place-names (Sehlen, Sehlem, Seelen, Sehl)

(most of this is taken from: Rosa und Volker Kohlheim, Das große Vornamenlexikon, Mannheim 2003

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