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Subject: Re: My last name is weird
Author: Satu   (guest, 62.224.102.180)
Date: September 9, 2002 at 2:38:56 AM
Reply to: Re: My last name is weird by Daividh
Hi Daividh,

you are right, the –ke suffix comes from Slavic names with endings like –ka, -ek, -ak etc. when they were Germanized. That happened, of course, mostly in the eastern parts of Germany like East Prussia or Pomerania.

In the northwest of Germany the –ke suffix is a Low German and Frisian form of German –chen which is a diminutive ending.

Satu

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