LNAB should it be Yeager, Yager, Hunter, or Iaeger? [closed]

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I am trying to extend my maternal grandmothers line further back and found this on Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47962573  In the biography section it states "Some records list a Frederick Hunter with the same dates. The name Hunter was spelled Yager in earlier times which may account for the confusion. The will of Frederick used the spelling of Iaeger."  What name should be used when creating the profile?

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in Policy and Style by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
closed by Dale Byers
Going backwards Jaeger English spelling has been used in the USA along with Yeager/Yaeger (not common) The J and Y are commonly interchangable.  The other spellings would be on a case by case basis, depending on location. Don't rule out any of them,..

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Hello, the German word Jäger (or Jaeger) in German means Hunter. So it is very possible that Jaeger became Hunter.

If your ancestor was German-born and emigrated, his LNAB was most likely Jäger or Jaeger.

The spelling with Y (Yager, Yaeger) would be American. The letter Y would not be used at the beginning of a word in German.

I and J were equivalent in Latin. So Iaeger is a equivalent, obsolete spelling of Jaeger/Jäger.

In short, I would use Jaeger (or possibly Jäger) as LNAB. It would be nice if someone more experienced with this point weighed in, though.

Good luck with growing your tree!
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (318k points)
selected by Per-Olav Hildebrand
Isabelle, Thank you for your reply. Yes he was of German decent, but I have no actual location of birth yet, Two of his daughters have their maiden names listed as Iaeger but that does not help much.
Yes Dale, it does help. If he is of German origin and his descendants got the family name Yaeger/Yager (as I assume they did), you may rule out the name Hunter.

If that helps, on the picture of daughter Catherine's grave (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=34586170&PIpi=9129434), you can see that the text is in German and says "geb. Jager" (born Jager).

In any case, if you give a wrong LNAB and realize later that it was not correct, as profile manager you can change it.

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