[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] German Dialect question

Helen Gillespie hgillespie at rogers.com
Fri Dec 28 19:28:33 PST 2012


Hirse is pronounced like Hir-je  in German - at least in High German - or at least the German I learned anyway from my Wolhynian born parents. Think Hir like Hirohito and the se like Je in the French word for "I" - or as you've said, the s in vision or pleasure.

The s is not always pronounced like the "s" in English. 

BTW  Hirsekorn means millet seed.....

The word Hirsch  means deer in English and would be another name entirely but I could see that a misspelling could occur due to misinterpretation.



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 From: "DLPratt123 at aol.com" <DLPratt123 at aol.com>
To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org 
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2012 3:51:59 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] German Dialect question
My grandparents surnamed Hirsekorn emigrated from Volhynia in 1906 and  
1907.  The birth certificate for their son (from the Polish Baptist church  in 
Lucinow) is in Cyrillic, spelling the surname in a way that suggests that 
the  s was pronounced like the s in English `vision' or `pleasure'.  Do any of 
you know of a German dialect in which `Hirse' would have been so  
pronounced?  (This would explain why others occasionally spelled the  surname as 

Dan Pratt

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