10 responses to Amish names
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    richard ……. close to the amish community of lebanon,pa
    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 09:30)

    im wondering as to how many who were non-amish have joined the amish church say in the last 50 years?. are thier numbers anywhere for that to be found?.

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      brooklyn Scott
      Comment on Amish names (December 6th, 2013 at 09:21)

      i have also thought about becoming amish. but one of the things that bothers me is if i do will i ever be able to see my english family and if i can will i have to see them seperate. i think that the amish life style is very peace ful and calming.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 10:31)

    Hi Richard,,,, not sure about this but I think there was a post title, “So you want to join the Amish” or something along those lines that might have the numbers you are interested in. Seems to me I remember there have only been a few hundred that have actually joined and stayed with the Amish.

    I can not imagine that being an easy task if you were raised in the secular world. I have thought about this many times as I am becoming more “plain” in my life but not sure I could adjust to a few things. Don’t think I would have a problem giving up a lot of technology, except I use it quite a bit for my ceramics and crafts business. As for “personal” use I would have no problem though.

    Rethinking your beliefs as far as religion goes, might also be hard especially if you were raised in a specific denomination and never left it before.

    Should be interesting to see just how many “join” and then stay and not give up after a year or two.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 10:40)

    Here is the link to that other post Richard. http://amishamerica.com/so_you_want_to_/ it really doesn’t have numbers in there but I get the impression it is just a few hundred at best.

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    La Vonne De Bois
    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 11:28)

    Regarding Holmes County, Ohio, the 2010 Amish Directory has a recorded number of sirnames as follows:
    75 Total Sirnames. The largest sirname is Miller with 1,790 families, followed by Yoder with 1,214 families. Other sirnames in Holmes County are Barkman, Beachy, Bowman, Chupp, Coblentz, Erb, Gingerich, Hershberger, Hochstetler, Mast, Kuhns, KAuffman, Keim, Weaver, Shetler, Swartzentruber, etc. Popular first names in Holmes County for men are Eli, Roy, Atlee, Moses, David, Andy,Reuben, Levi, Ivan, Jonas, John. Amish always use a middle initial to indicate the first letter of the mans fathers name to distinguish what family he was born to. Ecample. Eli J. Miller means his fathers name could have been Jonas. Womens first names commonly used are Esta, Fannie, Ada Mae, Edna, Miriam, Esther, Sarah, Emma, Verna and Mary.

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    richard ……. close to the amish community of lebanon,pa
    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 14:25)

    thank you alice for the link. you bring up a great question regarding how many have stayed amish after joining the church. i wonder if erik has/will find out the answer to that question. has anyone been interviewed yet on that topic?, if not i smell a book in the works,lol.

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    Comment on Amish names (December 1st, 2010 at 15:41)

    Hey guys, good question, you know there’s not a perfect figure but over the past century I believe it is in the maybe 100 to couple hundred range.

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    Hannah Yoder
    Comment on Amish names (October 2nd, 2011 at 16:37)

    Mein name is Hannah. I was Amish. My schwisterns names are-Rachel,Naomi,Lizzie,Beckie,Mary Ruth,Anna,Clara und Miriam.Mein bruders names are-Ephraim, Moses,Isaac,Elam und Aaron.These names are common in mein old district. I also have a daughter named Anna Mae and mein husband is named Jonas. These names were common in his old district.

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    philip …. from holland
    Comment on Amish names (March 19th, 2012 at 13:33)


    i know that not all amish people came frome zwitserland
    whe have some families stil overhere in holland (netherlands)
    i know that some of them went to south africa instead of the USA

    even in times of the second world war some of my jewish forefathers changed their religion into amish
    because the nazi’s didn’t “hate” the amish

    but they went and left europe anyway
    my cousins names are also eli,levi,jonah and amos and the last name is not particulary jewish
    they have changed the last name in 1939 into kauffman it was beaard before

    since 10 yrs whe have lost contact

    so there have been a connection
    i’ve always wandered how they new about the names since they have been living here in holland and belgium not in the usa as far as i know ?!

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    Keese Pond
    Comment on Origin of my name (July 27th, 2012 at 14:07)

    Origin of my name

    My father named me after one of his best friends who happened to be Amish. I was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania in a little town called teepleville. I can remember a large Amish community around there. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the origin or meaning of my first name.

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