Help with German/Prussian surname

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I would like some help with the maiden name of my fourth great grandmother. In some sources (two marriage records of her son) her maiden name is Kabrick. In a book written about the families of Monroe, her name is Halbrich. I believe the source for the book was her nephew- her husband's brother's son. Citations are on her profile, linked below.

I'm wondering if either is more likely or a typical last name, or if there is a more common surname these are both mistakes of. She's one of my brick walls, largely due to not knowing the right name to be searching for and a lack of records with these surnames. I don't have her immigration records, or any other family besides the Schaub's she married into.

Please note the profile manager is my DNA-found cousin (both descended from Regina's parents-in-law) for whatever purposes that may matter. He led me to wikitree so he should be active if we get a more correct last name or anything needs changing.
WikiTree profile: Regina Schaub
asked 5 days ago in Genealogy Help by Allison Schaub G2G5 (5,530 points)

3 Answers

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Considering usual German spelling, my inclination is to go with Halbrich.

I took a look in Family Search for these two surnames, looking for an exact match in Germany. “Halbrich” gives only 6 hits, “Kabrick” gives none at all.

Doing a less restrictive search, no location specified, “Kabrick” gives almost 3,000 hits, “Halbrich” gives much, much fewer.

I don’t think this is conclusive.
answered 5 days ago by George Fulton G2G6 Mach 7 (71,080 points)
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I checked the 3rd edition of George F. Jones' book German American Names.  Neither Kabrick nor Halbrich is included.  Scanning other names on the pages I do see:  Kabel (the only Kab name), Kahlbach, Kahlenbach, and Kaltenbach.  Halbach, Halbacker, Halbritter, Hallebach, Hallenbeck, and Hallenbach.  There is a Halbright with a see reference to Albrecht.  These might be other names to check.
answered 5 days ago by Michelle Enke G2G3 (3,780 points)
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Just from googling around, there seem to be much more people by the name Halbrich then Kabrick. On the other hand, if I use the name search for Germany, I do not find any Halbrich at all. Though the name certainly sounds and looks German, it seems to flourish mainly in the US today. And maybe I found the reason also: there are Halbrich families buried in Jewish cemeteried. So if the Halbrich families were Jewish, it's no wonder they cannot be found in Germany after the 1940s.

answered 4 days ago by René Granacher G2G Crew (580 points)

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