Origin of Walpeter
Hi Can any one help, please. I am doing my family tree, Walpeter is my family name my father came from Daugaupils Poland born 1924. I have come to stop on tracing my family before 1850 please can anyone advise. I have heard that Walpeter is German decent. many thanks
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Since you haven't gotten another reply, I thought I'd take an educated guess ...It's best if separate the syllables.and check in German. It is definitely been Americanized so you'll likley have to live with a best guess.Wal- in German can mean a few things. Yes, it can be a wall like we have in English, but it can also mean a representative, such as a lawyer or an advocate. That makes sense.Wal- is also often a root in many words that mean foreigner such as we find in Wales, Welch, Walsh and Wallach ...sort of "beyond the wall" if you will ...-peter in almost all senses, unless there is some soundex mistake, would mean earth, land, ground, property, etc.So take this where you will ...it's never a perfect science ...Peter
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Thank you for that information... it all helps, now just need to find a few more people with the same name..thanks again
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In searching on genealogy sites, I'd use the soundex option which will pull names that sound like or are close proximities to your name ...As I mentioned, it most likely change when it came to America ...Good luck!
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