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Subject: Re: [DVHH] Addressing grandparents
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 19:30:42 -0700 (PDT)
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In our family, great grandmother was called "Uhr Omie, or Oma", and great grandfather was
'Uhr Opa".  Once I realized an "Uhr" was a clock, I wondered what the connection was. Maybe because they had spent more time or hours of life? What can I say, it was a child's perception of things.

--- On Fri, 5/8/09, Eve <> wrote:

From: Eve <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH] Addressing grandparents
To: "ajleeb" <>
Cc: "Donau Schwaben" <>
Date: Friday, May 8, 2009, 6:51 PM

So Alex are you saying that it wouldn't be considered nice at all to say it
like that? I always thought it sounded bad, but they acted like it was
perfectly normal.


On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM, ajleeb <> wrote:

> "Altie Oma."
> No respect for your elders.
> Alex.
> On 8-May-09, at 3:01 PM, Eve wrote:
> This brings up another curiosity for me. My sisters referred to my
>> mom as Omame and mom's mother as Oma. Is this usually done to
>> differentiate
>> between the two? It never involved me since I never knew any of my
>> grandparents - so in talking about it with my parents more formal
>> were
>> used. Also, a close friend of the family who's gr. grandmother
lived with
>> them - referred to her as Altie Oma (no idea how to spell that) - I
>> always thought that sounded kind of crude, but I also know that my
>> are not as sensitive about age issues as those in this country tend to
>> and have always wore there age more as a badge of honor.
>> Eve
>> On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Ludwig Keck
>> wrote:
>> Nick, and others, you have done a fine job on this subject. Here are
>>> couple of items from my experience.
>>> Children and young people typically went by a diminutive form such
>>> Lenche
>>> ("little Magdalena"), Lissche, Hänsche, etc. These
terms would be used by
>>> the older adults even for grown men and women. The family names
>>> preceded the first name in an adjective or possessive form as is
>>> in
>>> English usage such as "the Jones children". So the
reference might be
>>> like
>>> "Hausers Lissche" or "Hauser Lissche". What
has confounded me to this day
>>> is
>>> that often some family names were so common, and the same first
names so
>>> frequent, that the first part of the name was not the family name
but the
>>> profession or business of the family. So my maternal grandmother
>>> known
>>> as "Drechslers Lissgoht" (her name was Elisabeth Seil,
her husband was a
>>> wood turner). There are still folks out there who know my mother
>>> "Drechslers Lenche" (Magdalena Keck, maiden name Seil).
So I grew up not
>>> knowing the real names of many relatives and friends of the
family. The
>>> term
>>> "Motter" was used, at least in my family, to mean
grandmother. I had a
>>> "Kecke Motter" and a "Seile Motter" (note the
plural form of the last
>>> names
>>> - the reference was more to the family or clan rather than just
>>> family
>>> name).
>>> Makes researching more fun and challenging, doesn't it.
>>> Ludwig
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