[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Umlaut on letter "y"

Günther Böhm GHBoehm at ish.de
Thu Nov 11 00:43:36 PST 2010

Am 11.11.2010 04:28, schrieb K A:
> I have come across a name spelled Byging (has an umlaut on the y). My great
> grandmother's last name was Bieging. Could this be this same name?
> I have never seen a y with an umlaut before. I'm wondering if someone can
> shed some light on this.
> Thanks,
> Karen
Hello Karen,
yes, at times the *ÿ* notation was commonly used for the modern *ü* as well as (in Latin texts) for the genitive 
suffixes -i or -ii [Georgius -> Georgii -> Georgÿ]. The surname spelling BÜCKING is very common through all Germany 
whereas the spellings BIGING and BIEGING seem to have been a specialty of the Pomeranian capital Stettin.


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