"Drumpf" (Trump's original last name)
Hey Everybody,I was wondering if you had any idea about the etymology of the surname "Drumpf". This was the surname of Donald Trump's ancestors before emigrating to America. Please, I don't want any politics here, just some pure academic insight.

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The Donald's real name is actually Trump which comes from Middle High German trumpe 'drum' and so is apparently the nickname of a drummer. Maybe that's why he marches to the beat of his own drum. Anyway, Drumpf is a canard started by John Oliver as you can see at tinyurl.com/h9dajno.
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Actually, the book that Oliver found the "Drumpf" surname, The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate, was published in 2001. That was 15 years BEFORE Oliver made the skit.
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Thanks for pointing that out. The fact remains that Drumpf is not a real name as you can see at http://www.verwandt.de/karten/absolut/drumpf.html. However, according to the info at tinyurl.com/hbprr9v, the original name was Trumpf which is simply a variant of Trump so the etymology is the same.
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Ancestry lists a few dozen historical records for the name Drumpf. Pfaelzisch often spells and pronounces words with a d, which in standard German are spelled with a t. Unlike Alemannic, Bavarian, and other varieties of High German, where linguistic differences reflect ancient "native" differences in pronunciation, Pfaelzisch and other Rhein- and Mittelfränkisch dialects may be considered a blend of Low Franconian (Istvaeonic) and High German (Irminonic), with more Low Franconian elements in the Northwest and becoming more like Upper High German in in the Southeast, as Frankish influences spread from the lower to upper Rhine, or Alemannic from the upper to lower Rhine.

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