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The Horst Heinrich Holthoffs of Hachenburg, Germany

Updated March 11, 2005

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GENSCHOW aus Turow (Kreis Grimmen) in Vorpommern -Im Mannestamm erloschen-

Der Name GENSCHOW kommt auch in den Formen Genzkow, Jänschow oder Jenzow vor. Er ist slawischen Ursprungs und bedeutet "den aus dem Orte Genzkow stammenden Mann" (vgl. Paul Mencke "Die Familiennamen der Stadt Anklam III. Teil. Wissenschaftliche Beilage zu den Schulnachrichten des Gymnasiums zu Anklam, Anklam 1890. Gedruckt bei Rich. Poettcke.) Genzkow ist ein Dorf im mecklenburgischen Amt Stargard, 6 Kilometer von Friedland gelegen. Der Ort wurde geschrieben 1298 Gencow, 1390 Yentzeccowo, 1757 Gentzkau, 1759 Genschow, 1764 Gentschow (vgl. Karte des Herzogstums Mecklenburg bei Homanns Erben, Nürnberg 1781). Der Ortsname Genzkow selbst soll bedeuten "einen von einem Johannes (Gensch, Jensch= gegründeten oder besessenen Ort (nach Gutachten von Prof. Dr. Cascorbi, Hannoversch Münden, vom 8.11.1930). Anderseits kommt der Name Gentscho in Bulgarien und Mazedonien nicht selten als Vorname vor und ist dort in den letzten 100 Jahren in manchen Fällen auch zum Familiennamen geworden. (vgl. Schreiben Dr. Nikolaus Gentscho, Wien I. Tegetthoff Str.7, vom 12.7.1951).

HOLTHOFF: The adoption of second names or surnames in Europe took place from the 11th century onwards. Surnames generally fall into four categories. Occupational names describe the person's profession. Locational names describe the person's dwelling or place of origin. Descriptive names distinguish the person by some physical characteristic or mannerism. Patronyms are the adoption of the person's father's first name as a surname.

HOLTHOFF is a Dutch locational name for one who dwelt at "the place or farm by the wood". (Johann Siebmachers Wappenbuch von 1605) HOLTHOFF is also recorded from the late Medieval period in Germany, although its origins are much earlier. It is topographical and describes a person who lived in a settlement by a wood(holt). It also can be descriptive (holthoeffer) for a forester or timber worker. There are a wide variety of spellings, holthausen and holtus, both of whom mean one who dwelt at a house in a wood, are in effect associated spellings. It is probable that earlier recordings did once exist, it is however a sad fact, that many such records perished in the Second World War (1939-1945). The examples (all from Germany) are as follows: Herman Holthoffe christened at Mengede Evangelist church , Westfalen on November30th, 1699, and Anton Holthoff who married Elisabeth Kymisern at Bremen Catholic Church, Westfalen, on April 4th, 1784.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Anne Sophie Holthoff, which was dated June 29th, 1671, christend at Mengede, Westfalen (parents unknown), during the reign of Emporer Leopold 1 of the Holy Roman Empire 1658-1705.

Motto on Blazon of Arms for HOLTHOFF: Malo mori quam fuedari ( I would rather die than be dishonnored)(Blazon of Arms, HOLTHOFF, BONN 1765) or Thine Name Is Thine Honour (Blazon of Arms, HOLTHOFF, Mengede 1658)

GEISBÜSCH: The GEISBÜSCH family lived mostly in Mayen, now part of the Koblenz region in Germany. I would like to thank Mr. Karl-Heinz GEISBÜSCH from Bremen, Germany, for his kind contributions to the family tree. Motto on Blazon of Arms for GEISBUESCH: Ich Dien. (I serve.) (Blazon of Arms, GEISBÜSCH, Germany 1649)

BARNEKOW: The BARNEKOW family originated from Sweden and settled in Pomeria, Germany, Queensland, Australia and North America. I would like to thank Mrs. Robyn Wiltshire for her kind contributions to my family tree.

Any information would be appreciated. I am also willing to share the information that I have.

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Karina Holthoff
holthoffk@comcast.net

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