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  • La vonne De Bois – Amish Heartland tours
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (November 8th, 2010 at 18:38)

    In Holmes County, a Swartzenbruber women shared with me that after having 6 boys, she was having a girl. She wanted to name the girl Roweana. Her Bishop said it would attract to much attention and she should choose a name that is’nt as fancy. She named her daughter Rhoda.
    Her sons names are Harvey, Sam, Andy, Eli, Aaron,Danny and another daughter, Annie.

  • Robin Miller
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 09:03)

    Interesting and makes me wonder … my husband’s family is from northern Indiana. We know hardly anything about them except that they farmed. Miller is the family name. I think we need to do some research!

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 16:36)

    Loved this informative article. I specifically liked how you ranked the usage of names by different areas in the country. Thanks!

  • Marilyn
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 17:28)

    In an Amish Community near where I live the Bishop’s first name is Zachariah. He was named after his father, by his mother, when he was born. Most everyone calls him Bishop Zack-he also introduces himself as Bishop Zack-unless it is something formal or where his “legal” name is needed. His Dad uses the full Zachariah. Bishop named his son’s Eli, Isaac, Jason and John. One of his daughters and her husband named their son Zachariah. I know that name is in the Bible, but I thought it was an unusual Amish name. I can’t wait to read Amish American every day. I really enjoy it and learn a great deal about the Amish
    Thank you,
    Marilyn

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  • Thanks Marilyn, Sherry and Robin, very glad you liked this take on Amish names–and Marilyn, I actually don’t recall running into the name Zachariah among Amish before. It would be a quite uncommon name even though it is Biblical.

  • Lavonne fanciness does factor in as you say, though as you know in your neck of the woods you do find some Amish giving their children non-traditional names. Not many among the Swartzentrubers though.

    • T
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (June 30th, 2013 at 12:49)

      Finding family history when its Amish family

      Hello. I have been trying to do some research on my family and that is how I stumbled upon this website. My Great Grandfather left the Amish at 18 to marry my Great Grandmother, who was English. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. 2 of his other brothers were talking of leaving the Amish as well and my ggranfathers parents decided to leave the order because they did not want to lose their sons. The other children left the order with them except for 1 brother and a sister that were already married and happy in the community. The last name was Musser and they came from Indiana. Was just wondering how common this name is within the Amish community. Also, how does someone go about finding more information about a history into a family of Amish background? Thanks

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  • linda saul
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 18:33)

    A name quite common with the Mennonites is Moses. And the wife’s name is Esther.

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 19:21)

    In my church (Beachy Amish Mennonite) Gingerich, Yoder, Miller, Hostetler, Beiler, and Byler are most common, pretty much in that order.

  • Kate
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 1st, 2010 at 20:07)

    I was so surprised to see the name Waneta on your list of girls names! The Amish I stay with has a cousin who got married last Summer & her name was Waneta. I just thought that was such a strange name and almost sounded like the Mexican name Juanita. I was interested to see that it must be a pretty common name in order to make your list! Thanks for sharing once again :-)

    Some girls name is our church are: Linda, Edna, Regina, Rhoda, Mary Ella, Mary Edna, Marietta, Rosetta, Ida Mae, Josephine, Marilyn, Pricsilla, Rosanna, etc. Just to name a few of them. None are too ‘fancy’ (altho Pricsilla seems it a little to me but shes so cute! Just turned 6) but there are some beautiful names out there!

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  • iluvhanssolo
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (April 19th, 2011 at 12:28)

    THANK YOU

    The first website I tried , yours, has answered my Amish name delema. I am 13 and writing a book called Amish Grace. I needed more names then Yoder Zook and Esh. I had truble with fist names too. Thank you sooo much for the information.
    -i luv hans solo

  • iluvhanssolo
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (April 19th, 2011 at 12:48)

    OOOOPS

    my book is not going to be Amish Grace as I have just found out that that is a movie.I don’t want to plagerise!!!

  • Bob Farmer
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (May 7th, 2011 at 18:05)

    Nimrod Farmer

    I am looking for a possible connection to amish for
    my Ggrand father Nimrod Farmer. He was born 1811 or 10
    he says in Vir. in 1830 census in Jefferson county TN.
    I can find no record of his birth, siblings, or forebears.
    At the same place in Tn. there was a Mary Farmer. Does this ring
    a bell with anyone.
    Bob Farmer.

  • JD Edwards
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (May 8th, 2011 at 21:49)

    Hoping to find my Amish family...

    I have been doing some genealogy as of late and found that I have a huge number of Amish ancestors among them Isaac Kauffman and his wife Anna Streit from Switzerland,Also Christain Yoder and his wife Barbara Gerber,Andreas Holly/Hooley and wife Ann Troyer..there were also Fisher’s,Hartzlers,Zug’s,Mast’s, It seems many of them were associated with the “Northkill” settlement early on..
    I’m hoping I’ll be able to find living relatives(other descendants of the above people)…I’d sure like to know my extended family..JD

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    • JD, this may be an obvious question, but have you been working with the Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler genealogy?

    • Tim Yoder
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (August 13th, 2011 at 18:05)

      Hi JD,
      Well I cousin, I am 12th generation descendent of Christian Yoder, also of Hans Sieber. Christian came over I beleive in 1742 and Hans in 1736 both to the Northkill area. I would recommend contacting Chris Yoder, he runs the Yoder newsletter, he does a great job in finding you Yoder descendents. Cheers for now.

      • Bill Yoder
        Comment on What are common Amish names? (November 28th, 2012 at 11:06)

        yoder History

        The information Tim Yoder mentioned concerning Chris Yoder is –yodernewsletter.org— Great site for Yoder research. My roots also go back to Christian Yoder who’s family settled in Shanksville PA where I was born. After my father’s coal mining accident we moved to central PA. My G-Grandfather Jonas joined the army during the civil war which moved our branch of the Yoder away from it’s amish roots.

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  • Lindsay
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (May 28th, 2011 at 08:33)

    Is it just me or does King and Fisher sound like non-Germanic names to me? Unless they are English corruptions of German names?

    Erik, in the history of the Amish church (post New World settlement), was there a time when there was more conversion to the church that could possibly explain some of the English sounding last names? I got to thinking that perhaps 100 years ago converting to the Amish church may not have required such a massive lifestyle change as it would presently, and that conversions may have been more common?

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    • Katie King
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 2nd, 2011 at 14:02)

      King Name

      @Lindsay, The King name was Koenig in Switzerland and Germany. My ancestors kept it only for about one generation here when they settled in PA.
      It was fun to read this article and see names from my family history. My family started in PA and then moved to Ohio, then to northern Indiana so we have kind of a mix of the more ‘area specific’ names. I was also pleased to see that my first and last names were listed as still being so common :)

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  • Chelsea
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (May 31st, 2011 at 22:29)

    Ada and Alda are two common first names for women in my area. So are Kathy, Esther, Naomi, and Lori.

    For men: Eli and Levi are rather common!

    Keim and Schlabach are becoming more of a common last name around here for the Amish.

    In the Mennonite churches, Geiser is becoming a common last name.

    Kind of interesting to see how common names change depending on the area!

  • Serena Miller
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (June 22nd, 2011 at 12:02)

    Amish Family Historical Research

    I write Amish novels–with one book presently published and three more contracted with Simon and Schuster. Research is my life these days and I wanted those hoping to trace Amish family roots to know about a two-volume set that just came out in April, 2011. “Unser Leit” by Leroy Beachy (Amazon) is an amazing 1,000 pp. 40 year labor of love by a (now) 82 year old former Amish man who lives in Holmes County. Well-written and well-researched. Page after page of fascinating detail about various Amish families going back, in some cases, hundreds of years. Pricey, but worth every penny for serious students of Amish history. A bookstore owner in the Holmes county area told me that it is the most significant work, with the exception of the Bible, that his store has ever carried. I have NO vested interest in this two-volume set–just found out about it myself and thought others would like to know.

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  • Marcus Yoder
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (August 14th, 2011 at 06:26)

    Hi Tim Yoder I am also related to Christian Yoder who came over in 1742. I am related throuh his first wife who is unknown. I am 8th generation. There is a website called saga for Amish and Mennonite genealogy.
    Marcus Yoder London Ohio

    • Katie King
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 2nd, 2011 at 14:08)

      I’d like to find that website you mentioned, ‘saga’. I googled it and only came up with the Spanish American Genealogical Association. I know of Omii.org for Amish and Mennonite research but have never heard of saga. Can you provide the URL? Thanks

      • Marcus Yoder
        Comment on What are common Amish names? (December 2nd, 2011 at 17:33)

        OMII is now SAGA, which is Swiss Antibaptist geaneolgy association. I have had trouble finding it with google. Keep trying, it’s well worth the money, for Amish and Mennonite. Marcus Yoder

  • Darline
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (August 24th, 2011 at 11:08)

    Is Shook Amish?

    For some reason I was thinking I had heard the name Shook in the Amish community but I do not see it on any list. Am I just remembering something wrong?

  • Hannah Yoder
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (October 2nd, 2011 at 16:34)

    Common names

    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.

    • Dody Bush
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (February 1st, 2012 at 05:09)

      Have you heard of the Sagars. (SAY gers) They were my great-great grandparents.

    • Suzanne Walker
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (March 2nd, 2012 at 15:00)

      Curiosity

      For Hannah Yoder: It’s a curiosity to me how you are able to use e-mail technology, while most Old Order here in Northeast Ohio still won’t allow the use of ‘modern devices’. I’ve been reading Beverly Lewis’s various books with stories of Amish families and their lives (the Abram’s Daughters series, etc.). They are centered in Lancaster County, PA, and I find them delightful and fascinating. My great-great grandmother’s surname–back in Germany in the mid-1800s, before she came to the U.S.– was “Zimmerman”. Maybe I’m of ‘Amish’ heritage(?); could be why I have such an itense interest in your culture. Best regards. Suzanne

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  • Carrie Hanison-Nagel
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (October 10th, 2011 at 00:28)

    Where in Pennsylvania are the Weavers

    I am trying to find any information on my G Grandfather who left the Amish Mennonite Church in the 1880′s. He was born Thomas Weaver October, 30, 1863. His father was Amos. I do not know his mothers name. He was born somewhere in Pennsylvania and emigrated up to British Columbia, Canada. Does anyone know where in Pennsylvania the Weaver’s may be.

  • Barb
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (January 17th, 2012 at 15:14)

    I shop at a store owned by the Peachy family and I buy my eggs from Katie and Ruth Stolzfus. We have become familar with these names since they have been here for quite a while now.

  • Lee Ann
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (January 28th, 2012 at 15:05)

    I would like to help my husband locate some of his relatives. He was told he had some Amish family. He’s from the Indiana area.
    Last name is Smock. If anyone can direct me to help find them through geneolgy I would appreciate it.

  • Barbara
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (February 12th, 2012 at 16:49)

    Amish roots

    I am trying to find out more about my husbands roots, his last name is Kistler and he’s from the Berks county area of Pennsylvania. His parents spoke PA Dutch and his brother who still lives up there also speaks it. My husband knows a few words, but cannot carry on a conversation. He joined the military in the late 50′s and never lived back up there. His mothers maiden name was Miller. I’d like to know if he could have Amish roots. I know there is a Kistler Valley in PA, but don’t know if it’s in the Amish area.

    Thank you for any information.

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    • Marcus Yoder
      Comment on What are common Amish names? (February 12th, 2012 at 19:48)

      Barbara can you give a birthdate and first name for your father and mother-inlaw? I found a Bruce Kistler born 1945 married to a Barbara Miller.
      Marcus Yoder

      • Barbara
        Comment on What are common Amish names? (February 13th, 2012 at 10:10)

        My father-in-laws name was LeRoy George Kistler, I think he was born in 1919, I’m not sure, my mother-in-laws name was Geraldine Elizabeth Miller and she was born 13 October 1917. Her mother’s name was Lizzie Miller, don’t know when she was born. I know LeRoy’s fathers name was Edgar Kistler. My husband’s name is LeRoy Edgar Kistler and he was born 13 November 1938 in Slatington, Pa.

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (March 21st, 2012 at 22:06)

    looking for heritage link to ST. Joseph Michigan

    I have a great Grandfather Named George H. Utterhad a son named Blanchard Miller Utter. Looking to see if i am in fact amish my self.. can any one help with that information…
    Richard Edward Carlock @ sndpl286@hotmail.com Thank you..

  • caroleena jones
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (July 3rd, 2012 at 16:51)

    re: Sri Lanka

    I found all of these posts very interesting. I have a pen pal in Sri Lanka. She was asking me for more information on the Amish people, so I found myself here. Thanks for the interesting reads.

  • carson
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (September 25th, 2012 at 10:59)

    wow

    This is an interesting series of postings.

    I enjoy my new order Amish friends near where I live. they are good, honest and loving people. When i am around them, I am a better person. They have a peacefulness about them that is infectious.

  • Lillie
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (October 30th, 2012 at 17:57)

    Book Idea

    I am writing this book about the Ohio Amish country and I had went onto Google to find some names for my characters and this website was the first one on the list. It was very helpful for my book. My novel is titled A White Christmas, Finally! because I read on a website that in February 2010, the Ohio Amish country had a snowfall after not having one in a long time.

    -Only 11-year-old Lillie

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (November 8th, 2012 at 14:51)

    men's Amish first names

    This probably will sound frivolous to most of you. I just purchased an antique whirligig. It’s from Pennsylvania and from probably a farm. It’s a man sawing wood and you can see he has a beard. It’s old, so it’s a little faded.

    I wanted to name him and why I wanted a man’s first Amish name. I’m probably going to choose Samuel, Isaac of Abram.

    Thanks for understanding me.

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (January 24th, 2013 at 13:02)

    The Tampico, Illinois Amish Mennonite group of churches (17) have taken an opposite approach. No two people with the same name. They do use middle names. Here are some recent ones from the Quiver Filler section of their magazine “The Lighthouse” : Clay Christian, Brooklyn Joy, Karson Drew, Lexon Cody, Leneisha Kaye, Jace Canyon, Macy Autumn, Kailyn Levi, Autumn Makensi, Freeman Daniel, Lorinda Joelle, Jolynn Nicole, Parker Reed, Rianna Cheyenne, Brandi Summeraye, Kayla Jewel, Dakota Eric, Lexi Renae, Riley Austin, Kyle David, Dustin Devon, Dawnia Lanae. But they’re stuck with their last names: Hostetler, Shrock, Kropf, Kempf, Miller etc. Oh, there was on Robert John. Poor guy.

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  • Erik
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (February 10th, 2013 at 01:08)

    Other surnames to add to the list

    Aren’t Beachy, Raber, Gingerich, and Peachey fairly common? I did not notice them in the list, though I saw some in this page’s photos.

  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (March 20th, 2013 at 00:31)

    My great grandma was from Acadia,PA

    My great grandma was from either Acadia,PA or Arcadia, PA (sp?)Her mom was a Burns before she married my GG grandpa. She then married a man named Bathurst.Is that an Amish last name? I was told that’s smack dab in the middle of Amish Country. The closest town is Butler, PA in Butler County. My great grandma was born in 1922.When my GG grandma died she was a Wesleyan Methodist. Is it possible that she went away from the Amish faith? They are very strict about cutting your hair concerning the women, no television, no make-up etc. My great grandpa(unfortunately in the late stages of Alzheimer’s Disease in his 90th year, please pray for him)always said that he met my great grandma in Akron, OH at Firestone when she was a riveter during WW 2.Any hints about possible links to Amish roots would be greatly appreciated for me! Also my great grandma was named Margaret Geneva Hoffman Snawder, could they have been Amish, too?

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  • Comment on What are common Amish names? (March 20th, 2013 at 10:10)

    Amish names

    My daughter has traced her Great-Greats back to Switzerland, came to America in the 1700′s by way of Amsterdam. The family name is Kistler, although in Switzerland, it may have been Kustler He is buried in Jerusalem cemetery near Neffs, Pa. My daughters grandparents spoke PA Dutch and we are wondering if somewhere in the line they were Amish…..is Kistler or Kustler an Amish name. We are aware also that there is a Kistler Valley in PA, but no one can tell us how it came to be named that. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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  • Moyer or Spangler
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (May 12th, 2013 at 20:29)

    My grandparents were born and raised in Pennsylvania and were farmers all of their lives. My grandpa was Roy Moyer and my Grandma’s maiden name was Doris Spangler. I would like to know if we have some Amish roots in us. Anything you can do would be of great assistance.

  • Bill Biel
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (August 27th, 2013 at 22:31)

    Amish Biel's

    I’ve been studying my family for years and have just recently notince the Biel surname coming up more and more in the central Pa. area, including Lancaster. I’ve traced my “Biel” family back to 1686 in a small town named Thalwenden,Germany.

    I’m wondering if anyone there is familiar with the Biel surname connected to the Amish community?

  • wendell troyer
    Comment on What are common Amish names? (November 8th, 2013 at 17:02)

    troyer

    just curious if anyone know how many troyers of amish by state or settlement in the usa or other countries.

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