An absolutely fascinating page on German naming conventions has shed a great deal of light on why you find two or three different names for the same person. His explanations on John is worth the reading alone! We’ve all found the same name occurring over and over again within a family. Read this page and you’ll find several “detailed naming patterns practiced by some families“.
Kauffman ~ Kaufman ~ Cofman ~ Caufman ~ Cauffman ~ Coufman ~ Couffman ~ Koffman ~ Kofman ~ Coughman ~ Khoufmann ~ Cawfman ~ Coafman ~ Coofman ~ Cuffman
Abram ~ Abrm ~ Ab ~ Abe
Livingstone ~ Levingston
Whitescarver ~ Weissgerber ~ Witescarver
Perman ~ Pealman ~ Peirman ~ Pierman ~ Parman ~ Pirman, and believe it or not Phyrman
Peach/Hansman Name Variations
Pietsch ~ Pietsche