Policy for Hofnames (Northern German surnames based on inheritance)?

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Is there an agreed on policy for Hofnames?

One branch of my German ancestry comes from a region (Emsdetten) where Hofnames were used for surnames. It becomes tricky when an ancestor is born with one surname, but inherits a new surname (Hofname) and is often referred to with both surnames coupled with "genannt" or "auch".

Example: my immigrant ancestor, Wilhelm Uphoff's children and descendants all carry on the Uphoff surname. Wilhelm Uphoff's father was born with the surname Reckenfeld. However, his father eventually inherited the Hof of a first wife whose family had no male heir.  Thus the surname was changed to Uphoff.

This kind of thing happens repeatedly on both male and female lines with this particular branch.  

Do I enter the original LNAB and then put the inherited Hofname in Other Last Names or Current Last Name?  And should the LNAB ever be something like "Reckefeld genannt Uphoff" or "Reckenfeld g. Uphoff" - as I have often seen?  

Another twist is a slight variation on the same surname (example: Niesing and Niesmann... both were used, and therefore written in records as "Niesing auch Niesmann")
in Policy and Style by Jana Shea G2G6 Mach 3 (31.3k points)

1 Answer

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If a person was born with one name but died with another, you put the birth name in LNAB and the name at death into Current Last Name field.

I have use Other last names or nicknames for things like "auch Niesmann".
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (821k points)

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