GHBoehm at ish.de
Sun Apr 20 04:28:14 PDT 2003
MRNCE at aol.com schrieb:
>My ancestors were Semmler/Semler's. Are these names really alternative
>spellings for Semmler?
>>>Have noted that Dreger can be spelled Drager, Draeger, but am unsure as to why an alternative spelling could be Semler, Krecik, or Traeger.
>>>Is this because they >>sound the same or mean the same.
the surenames SEMLER and SEMMLER seem to be Polish resp. German spelling
variants (in Polish there are no double consonants like in German. In
German SEMLER would have to be pronounced with a long E which makes no
sense). The name origin was definitely the profession of a roll baker;
Semmel = roll. The word Semmel again derives from the Italian word
semola = white flour. The names DRAEGER, DREGER or TRAEGER are
completely different and indicate the profession of a porter, bearer,
deliverer. The last "Traeger" you could find at railway stations (in
Austria they were called "Dienstmann"). They offered to carry the the
passengers's luggage. The spelling DRAEGER (A-diphthongue) is simply
Lower German dialect.
A happy Easter,
of Hilden, Germany
More information about the Ger-Poland-Volhynia