What’s in a name? Those odd immigrant names really took a beating in the US. Our German great-grand-father’s name was “Boldewahn” But it was spelled:
My favorites are:
To be fair, the name was often spelled in the German church books as Bolduan. The Nagel family think that these spelling variations are due to how cursive writing was taught in Germany before the 1940s. The script was stylized and ornate and is hard for many of us today to read. It was called the “Sütterlin Schreibschrift”. After WW2 the modern “Latin” script was taught that most of us are familiar with here in the USA.
Baltimore, 1884 Oshkosh City Directory)
So what is the origin of the name?
Middle High German ( 1050 and 1350 AD): balt or kühn (audacious)
Ancient Germanic *-winiz = ‘friend’
Danish – ven = ‘friend’
Old English – wine = ‘friend’ or wini = ‘friend’