Tuesday’s Tip: What does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean?

I just had a great question from a client working on a Luxembourger project: what does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean?

It’s usually a mistake. Since Luxembourgish, the language spoken by most Luxembourgers, is considered a German dialect, Luxembourgers were often called “Deutch” (German) by outsiders. This got misheard by an English speaker and recorded as “Dutch.” So, chances are high it doesn’t mean much.

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About Bryna O'Sullivan

A Connecticut-based professional genealogist, I love working with beginners of all backgrounds. I also do specialty research in Connecticut and Luxembourg-American genealogy.
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One Response to Tuesday’s Tip: What does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean?

  1. Beth Finc says:

    Thanks Bryna. The same situation occurs with “Pennsylvania Dutch,” who were actually the German (Deutch) immigrants who settled communities there in the 1800’s.

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