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

Lloyd Friedrick lloydfriedrick at telus.net
Thu Nov 1 13:22:07 PDT 2007

And, how about our family name SAMPERT, Lutherans that moved to Tomazov-Maz, Congress Poland and later To Alberta, Canada ?
 Family oral  history tells us they may have originated from the Alsace Lorraine area.
Sampert doesn't sound like a French name to me.

lloyd friedrick
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Günther Böhm 
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  Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 2:39 PM
  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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