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German Occupations of the 19th Century

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German Occupations of the 19th Century

An easy table to help you translate occupations in German to English when researching your German Roots. Also see German-English Glossary for a more complete list.

GERMANENGLISH
ArbeiterLabourer
ArtabauerFarmer
ArztPhysician
BergmannMiner
BergwäscherOre Dresser
BierbrauerBrewer
GatnerGardener
GoldschmiedGoldsmith
KaufmannShopkeeper, merchant
KenditorConfectioner
LandmannFarmer
LeineweberLinen Weaver
LongsbarTanner
MalerPainter
MaurerBricklayer
MetzgerButcher
MullerMiller
PlymynanPlumber
PocharbeiterMining mill operator
SattlerSaddler
SchaferShepherd
SchlachterButcher
SchmiedBlacksmith
SchneiderTailor
StellmacherWheelwright, coachmaker
Tischlerjoiner, cabinetmaker
UhrmacherWatchmaker
WeberWeaver
WeingartnerGrape grower
ZimmermannCarpenter

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I have added you as manager Anne, and replied before doing so, please see comment below :)
posted by Kylie Haese
Great idea Anne, thanks for that. I have added it under "Occupations"

It is so exciting how all of this is coming together!

posted by Kylie Haese
Excellent. Very useful and I think the Tips page is the place for it. Perhaps create a new dot-point for "Occupations"
posted by [Living Turner]
Very interesting work. I recognise some familiar surnames that originate in the listed occupations.

I've seen a report of the departure of the South Australian from Plymouth, 22nd April 1837, that lists two German vine-dressers. Is that an alternative translation of Weingartner? The grape growing potential of South Australia was identified very early.

posted by Steve Thomas