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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


snapper521 at 2007-06-15 02:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Miller is an Amish name.

So is Keim, Hochstetler, Hoffstetler, Hershberger, Graber, Yoder... I could go on but I won't.

ehowton at 2007-06-15 02:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Please, go on.
snapper521 at 2007-06-16 01:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Why? I've proven my point, and would have to grab Joe by the ear to name many more since he would know more of the names, and the proper spellings. :-P
leonardii at 2007-06-15 19:55 (UTC) (Link)

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And do any of those sound remotely as simple and common as "Miller?"

Look in the phone book - there will be 1000 Miller's. How many Hershberger's are you going to find?

Of course - you could claim that the Amish don't use phones... so my argument may be moot.

But look - we've traced our family back to the 1600's. The first family member to step off the boat was a Captain in the British Navy. Our family settled into the northeast - Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York even... but not even one of us went to Pennsylvania (the bulk homes of the Amish, I beleive... but I could be wrong).

After the northeast got crowded we went to Illinois, then all the way down to Texas. And that's where we are today. If I've got Amish relatives - I surely don't know any. :)

But if you say it's Amish... then fine, let it be Amish. Maybe one day I'll go visit an Amish community and see how many "Miller's" there are in the clans.
snapper521 at 2007-06-16 01:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names


Actually you will find about the same amount here in IN, IL and WI (each) as you will in comparison to Pen.

And -- you also have to realize that with the amish there is A LOT of in breeding. If it is something like a 4th cousin away, they will marry him/her. This leads to women having the same name as their husband and never having to change once in awhile.

It also makes for a lot of amish with the same names, and a lot of one name. :-)

You can look in the phone book for them I suppose, but you won't find them in an English phone book. You have to look in an Amish phone book, which you usually can't get unless you have connections. *shrug*

Anyway :-)

I am aware that Miller is a common name; however not around here unless your amish or formerly amish. :-)
leonardii at 2007-06-16 04:59 (UTC) (Link)

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I understand.

Thanks for the little bit of trivia. It was truly enlightening. :)
snapper521 at 2007-06-18 03:50 (UTC) (Link)

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*shrug* Your welcome. :-P I didn't expect the responses I got back, but it was intriguing none-the-less.
leonardii at 2007-06-18 03:55 (UTC) (Link)

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What exactly were you expecting? I'd really like to know...
snapper521 at 2007-06-18 04:07 (UTC) (Link)

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I don't know?

Part of me expected you to ignore it, or give me a half hearted answer like "oh thats nice" or something. :-P

I hadn't really thought about who common the name Miller is till you pointed it out. :-)
leonardii at 2007-06-22 14:56 (UTC) (Link)

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I usually try not to deliberately ignore a post. I consider that rude. However - there's not much to say about the family name of "Miller" except that it is extremely common. It belongs with Smith, Jones, Williamson, Rogers, and so on.

What I gave you was not a half hearted answer - but just the truth as I know it. However, your insistence that the name was truly Amish - I could not dispute because I am out of my realm when talking about Amish names. So - I had not choice but to simply believe you. :)
snapper521 at 2007-06-22 17:41 (UTC) (Link)

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Good! tis the best plan of action in many of your endevors when dealing with moi. ;-)
leonardii at 2007-06-22 17:52 (UTC) (Link)

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There are two theories about how to argue with women.

Neither one works!! :)
snapper521 at 2007-06-22 18:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Haha. I know that already.
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