German Genealogy Tip #27: “-in” was Sometimes Added to German Surnames for Females

October 26, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

Don’t get tripped up by this when researching your German ancestors. Many times, German females would have “-in” added to their surnames. Thus, a woman with the last name of Schmidt might have sometimes been called “Schmidtin”. A woman with the last name of Mueller might have sometimes been called “Muellerin”. Their actual surname was not “Schmidtin” or “Muellerin”. The “-in” suffix is just designating that the person is a female. Their real surname would still be “Schmidt” or “Mueller,” in these instances.


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