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Commonly Used German Words & The Translation


This is not a complete list of German words, these are a list of German words I have encountered while doing genealogy research. If you have come across a German word that is not listed here, please send it along and I will add it to the list. It can be e-mailed to Debie


German Word=American Translation
Gattin=wife
Geb.=Born
Gest.=Died
Mutter=Mother
Vater=Father
sohn=Son
Tochter=daughter
Januar=January
Februar=February
März=March
April=April
Mai=May
Juni=June
Juli=July
August=August
September=September
Oktober=October
November=November
Dezember=December
Montag=Monday
Dienstag=Tuesday
Mittwoch=Wednesday
Donnerstag=Thursday
Freitag=Friday
Samstag=Saturday
Sonntag=Sunday
Rest im Frieden=Rest in Peace
Ruhe Sanft=Peace Gentle
Alt=old
Alter=age
Altest=eldest
Am=on the
Aufgebote=proclamation
Bauer=farmer
Beerdigung=burial
Bemerkungen=remarks
Brautigam=bridegroom
Braut=bride
Bruder=brother
Copulation=marriage
Datum=date
Dorf=village
Ehe=marriage
Ehefrau=wife
Enkel=grandson
Enkelin=granddaughter
Enkelkind=Grandchild
Eheman=husband
Eltern=parents
Familie=family
Frau=madame / wife / woman
Fraulein=miss, young lady
Gatte=husband
Gattin, Gatten=wife
Geboren=born
Geborenen=formerly (maiden name)
Geburt=birth
Gestorben=died
Getauft=christened
Grossmutter=Grandmother
Grossvater=Grandfather
Hier Ruhet=Here Rest
Heirat=marriage
Im=in the
Im alter von=aged
Jahr=year
Kind=child
Kinder=children
Kirche=church
Kirchengemeinde=church parish
Kleinkind=infant
Knabe=boy
Kreis=county / district
Land=Country
Madchen=girl / maiden
Madchenname=maiden name
Mann=husband
Monat=month
Mutter=mother
Name=name
Neffe=Nephew
Nichte=Niece
Onkel=Uncle
Ort=town, place
Pfarramt=parish / parishoffice
Pfarrer=pastor
Schein=certificate
Schwester=sister
Sohn=son
Sohne=son
Staat=state
Genealogiegenealogy
Genealogiebaumgenealogy tree
Stammbaum=Family tree
Stadt=town / city
Stand=Stood
Besetzung=Occupation
Standesamt=registers office
Starb=died
Starb Kinderlos=died without issue
Sterb=death
Tag=day
Tauf=christening
Taufen=christen
Taufpaten=Godfather
Tochter=daughter
Tod=death
Tante=Aunt
Trau=marriage
Trauen=marry
Vater=father
Verbergen=bury
Verbindung=Connection
Verheiratet=married
Verstorbenen=deceased
Vorname=given name
Witwe=widow
Witwer=widower
Wohnen=live / reside
Wohnhaft=resident
Wohnort=dwelling place
Zeuge=witness
Zeugen=witnesses
Zuname=surname
Gott=God
Gevatterin=Godmother
Gevater=Godfather
Gott-Elternteil=God Parent
Elternteil=Parents
Zustand=Condition / State
Bedingung=Condition
cemetery = Friedhof
weiblich = female
männlich = male
Geschwister = siblings
Urenkelin = great-granddaughter
Urenkel = great-grandson
Urgroßvater = great-grandfather
Urgroßmutter = great-grandmother
verwitwet = widowed
Witwe = widow
Witwer = widower
Patentochter = goddaughter
Patensohn = godson
Patenkind = godchild
Patenkinder = godchildren
Patentante = godmother
Patenonkel = godfather
Großtante = great-aunt
Großonkel = great-uncle
Schwiegermutter = mother-in-law
Schwäger = brother-in-law
Schwägerin = mother-in-law
Schwiegervater = father-in-law
Schwiegersohn = son-in-law
Schwiegertochter = daughter-in-law
Stiefvater = stepfather
Stiefmutter = stepmother
Stiefkind = stepchild
Stiefsohn = stepson
Stieftochter = stepdaughter


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