[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Deograti or Deograto

Günther Böhm GHBoehm at ish.de
Thu Dec 29 02:46:38 PST 2005

Rose Ingram schrieb:

>Is the latin name Deograti or Deograto the equivalent to Gottlieb?, or can 
>it be used for Gottfried too?
more likely Gottlieb (beloved by god) since [lat.] gratus = pleasant, 
thankful. Pleasant = [German] lieb.
The Latin name is Deograt[us], [Gen.] Deograti, [Dat.] Deograto.
Another Latin version of Gottlieb is Amadeus which means the imperative 
"love God!"
The Greek equivalent of Gottlieb is Theophil[os].

The German names Gottgetreu, Gotthilf [-helf], Gottlieb, Gottlob, 
Gottwert etc. are pietist lutheran inventions of the late 17th to early 
19th century why at those times catholic priests tended to annihilate 
this additional "secret" content by translating them into Latin. Later 
on it became fashionable to express an intellectual or noble background 
by using the Latin name versions.


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