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  1. H Gonzalez

    Do you happen to know why some of the Krieg family changed their name to Greek?

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    1. It was likely a spelling “change” applied to a linguistic sound change based on pronunciation. “K” and “G” are the formed the same way by our mouths—one’s aspirated, one’s not. Linguistically they’re very similar. With changes between German and English, it’s likely it wasn’t so much a conscious name change as a phonetic spelling that stuck and over time shifted the pronunciation, too.

      At least, that’s my take on the change. Hocker too changed from Hacker to Hocker. It was also spelled Hawker, Hocher, etc. in documents, indicating that the pronunciation didn’t change; the spelling did.

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