Can You Read that Last Name? It Was…

In “Can You Read that Last Name?” we asked what the last name was in this census image:

It was Habben.

I’ve always thought it was amazing that the first names were pretty much all correct and the last name was a little more misdirected. It could have been due to Habben’s family low-German dialect that they spoke.


One thought on “Can You Read that Last Name? It Was…

  1. “HAB” and “HAP” could sound very similar to the census enumerator. It’s easy to see how it could be misspelled.

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