Symposium on 'Estate and Family Names Ending with "-meier" in Tecklenburger Land' CALL FOR PAPERS

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Everyone has one—a family name. It is an important part of our identity. Our family name denotes our being part of a family. However, only very few of us know what our family name means or where it comes from. It is no coincidence that explanations of individual family names are currently enjoying great popularity. Listeners and readers are made aware of the origin and meaning of their names on various radio broadcasts or in daily newspapers.

On 16 November, the Draiflessen Collection would like to dedicate itself to one entire family of names—those with meier as their the root—in a scholarly symposium. Since, even though Brenninkmeyer, Eschmeier, Langemeyer, or Tassemeier—the series could be extended indefinitely—are family names that appear with great frequency in Westphalia, surprisingly little is known about their genesis and development.

Historians, linguists, and representatives of related disciplines are warmly invited to submit proposals for contributions by 15 May.

Handschrift brenninkmejer
Handwriting Brenninkmeyer | © Draiflessen Collection