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The longest last name in Germany? Ottovordemgentschenfelde

The Local · 8 Nov 2010, 10:24

Published: 08 Nov 2010 10:24 GMT+01:00

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Even in country famous for run-on words, Germans are often confused when the floor tiler introduces himself on the telephone. When he attempts to fill out a bank slip, the name won’t fit, reported daily Bild.

“At 24 letters without spaces and hyphens his is far ahead of others,” name expert from the University of Leipzig Judith Schwanke told the paper, confirming that he currently has the longest last name on record.

Meanwhile the floor tiler from the town of Leopoldshöhe says his name barely fits on the side of his company vehicle.

“My father wanted to give me a second first name,” he told the paper. “But my mother successfully stopped that!”

Ottovordemgentschenfelde must often shorten his name for things like credit cards, he said. The name is such a burden that his wife Sylvia, 45, and his daughter Nadine, 14, have shortened their last names to simply Gentschenfelde.

Name expert Schwanke said the lengthy surname likely stems from the foundation of a new family farmstead.

In this case the Otto family probably founded a new part of a farm vor dem Gentschenfeld, or “near the Gentschen field," she explained.

Though it may be unwieldy, Ottovordemgentschenfelde said he will never change his name.

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“It’s actually neat, with it we’re absolutely original,” he said. “I’d never be called a Krause or a Müller.”

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12:13 November 8, 2010 by thomass66
Pretty cool and this is exactly why I wanted to legally change my name to the 34 letters of:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Thomas

Let the folks at the local Rathaus deal with that one.
15:55 November 8, 2010 by Meatman
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
17:57 November 8, 2010 by maxbrando
Reminds me of the US soldier in Wuerzburg some years back who changed his name to "y". His roommate sad he simply called him "Sometimes a vowel"!

(As in the old American teacher's lexicom: "The vowels are: a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.)
15:38 November 9, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
Not a person's name, but we have a lake here in Massachusetts called Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. It's a Nipmuck Algonquian word that means something like "Fishing Place at the Boundaries, Neutral Meeting Grounds". It lies within the town of Webster, so its colloquial name is Webster Lake or more commonly Lake Chaubunagungamaug.
09:48 November 10, 2010 by El Sabio
"Name Expert!" :D
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