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  •  Amen to that! (2+ / 0-)
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    klompendanser, mayim

    My surname is Dutch, but my great-grandfather came from a town in extreme northwestern Germany (East Friesland, to be specific), along with his parents.  Most of the people with that surname today live in the Netherlands, but some live in Germany.  His mother had what is typically considered a Danish surname.  I had my Y-chromosome tested in the National Geographic Society's genographic project, and the closest matches was somebody living on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of Great Britain, and that haplogroup basically occurs most frequently around the North Sea.  

    Interestingly enough, after my wife and I got married, we discovered entirely by chance that my great-grandfather and his parents, and my wife's grandmother and her parents came from two small towns in East Friesland, and settled in two adjacent counties of north-central Iowa, where a lot of immigrants from that area settled.  I assume that somebody from that area liked it in Iowa, wrote back to their friends and family that it was a good place, some of them immigrated and wrote back the same thing, etc.

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    by leevank on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:52:48 PM PST

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    •  ha, sounds a LOT like my Dad's family... (2+ / 0-)
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      Jim H, mayim

      much crossover with the towns on either side of the Netherlands/German border--my family name going back to the 1600s is a German phonetic spelling of a Dutch word. And grandma's brother settled first in Iowa and then sent for grandma and grandpa, joined by most of their other siblings.

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      by klompendanser on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:30:20 AM PST

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    •  My dear friend's (0+ / 0-)

      mother comes from Niedersachsen, near the Dutch border. The family understandably considers themselves German, but their name also is Dutch. Her mother's mother was from East Prussia and the town was given to Poland after WWII, so she was resettled in Niedersachsen. I would constantly tease that they weren't German at all, just Dutch and Polish.

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