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Ran out of room in the above comment.... It also looks like the name "Anna" in Anna Eva can be viewed like "Hans". Like that link said, all of these people seem to drop their first name in all documents except church documents. And, I can't prove it yet, but it is likely that these people were "sponsored" to go to (or come to) America by their church. So, all documents tied to this trip might be viewed as "church documents".
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I'm still digging, but this seems to be going in the right direction. These guys were from the Hesse region of Germany. Apparently there was an overpopulation problem and a lot of religious friction. Their American descendants, and possibly some of those in the above list, were Baptist preachers, which means the children weren't Baptized until the child made the decision. This seems to be consistent with your links, especially your last link. Is it possible that all boys were given the first name Johan when they were born, which was changed to Hans when they were Baptized?
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comment Use of the term Hans in an American name in the 1700's
The only problem with that is, why didn't they list "Johan Jacob" as "Hans Jacob"? I realize that would list two "Hans Jacobs", and maybe that's the reason. Also, I found this: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Hanse Maybe in this case, "Hans" is short for "Hanse" (German merchants)? It turns out, these guys came from the area where the Hanseatic League was dying off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanseatic_League
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@Orbling: So, is it OUR language or OURS language? Just kidding(s).
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