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Subject: Is Joes a variant or Latin form of Johann?
Author: Lucille   (Authenticated as Lucille)
Date: December 24, 2003 at 4:52:43 AM
In the church books, my German ancestor Johann Peter (1774-1837) is constantly mentioned as Joes Petrus. I looked Joes up in a Dutch first name book, and there it said that Joes is a variant of Joseph. But I'm certain that my ancestor is called Johann Peter, not Jozef Peter.

Could Joes perhaps be the German latinate form of Johann? In church books they always write down the Latin variant of the first and middle names. For example, his son is called Carolus Maximilianus in the church books, but in the civil registry, he is mentioned as Karl Maximilian.

Can someone please help me out with this? Thank you very much in advance!



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