[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Suffix -ke

Karen Anderson kander25 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 16 11:26:20 PST 2013

-ke is a diminutive ending. It doesn't have a meaning by itself. It makes
the word or name  it's added to "smaller".  A name like Rotke would roughly
translate to Little Red. There are similar endings in English that work the
same way, such as -let in booklet. So instead of book you get a diminutive
or little book.  Another English example is -ette such as kitchenette, a
little kitchen. Hope this helps.

could somebody explain me the meaning or origin of the suffix -ke in many
German family names - like Radke, Reschke, etc. etc.

Katrin Hanko
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