I was looking through some of my recent blog posts and I realized how many of them were about an ancestor named John. Then I thought about the names of my great-great-grandfathers:
- John Michael Trautvetter (born in Thuringen Germany)–no I was not named for him, but he indirectly is why my name is Michael John instead of John Michael, but it wasn’t his fault.
- Johann Hinrichs Frederichs Ufkes (who used John-born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
- Jans Jurgens Janssen (who used John–born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
- Jann Mimken Habben (who used John-born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
My third great-grandfathers:
- John Neill (born in Ireland)
- Johannes Gerhardes Grass (born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
- Johann Goldenstein (born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
- Jann Christophers Janssen (born in Ostfriesland, Germany)
That’s about as far back as I feel like working right now. My grandfather was also John (John H. Ufkes). Of course, some of these used the English form of John, some the low-German (Jans, Jan, etc.), some the High-German (Johann) and one the Latin (Johannes). It is nice to have all the bases covered.
Interestingly, I have no great-grandfathers who were named John (at least for a first name)–they were:
- Charles Thomas Neill
- George Adolph Trautvetter
- Frederich Jansen Ufkes (middle name actually a patronym of Jan[John] in the family’s low-German dialect)
- Mimke Johnson (more often just John) Habben (middle name a patronym of John in English)