[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] FW: Origin of name Duwe?

Cynthia Howland bluebird07 at bellsouth.net
Thu Nov 1 10:04:12 PDT 2007

Hello Gunther,

Thank you for all the information on the name Duwe/Duve!  I see a new
direction to study. (How woefully ignorant I am of european history!)   When
you say "a Lower German varient" does it mean geographic (southern) or does
it mean a type of dialect?  I have wondered why my grandmother went from
Poland to Antwerp to take a ship to the U.S. instead of departing from
Bremen like my grandfather.  But perhaps there is no connection here except
a better way for a young lady to travel.  I'll keep working on it.


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Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Origin of name Duwe?

Cynthia Howland schrieb:

>May I throw another name in for consideration?   My grandmother's maiden
>name, Duwe. We were told by our parents that it was Duve' and it was a
>French name. When I began researching records I found the spelling was
>always Duwe and information that it was a German name. Does anyone know of
>the history of this name. Is there a French connection? My grandmother
>came to the U.S. from Poland and considered herself German. It may be the
>alternate spelling and French identification were misunderstanding on the
>part of the second generation?
Hello Cynthia,
yes, the DUVE surname (without accent aigu!) occurres in France since
early 17th century - but it is apparently not of French origin! In
Belgium the name 'DE DUVE' is quite common (even a Nobel Prize winner
bears it). It is of Flemish or other Lower German origin and means 'the
deaf' (this time 'de' is not a predicate of nobility but merely the male
article). Also in Germany the surname DUWE (DUVE, DOUVE, THUVE, TUWE) is
a Lower German variant of 'der Taube' which also stands for 'the deaf'.


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