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District of Gütersloh Where do our strange family names in the Gütersloh district come from?

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Anyone who grew up here will find nothing remarkable in names like Ottovordemgentschenfelde. But in fact the local family names are in some ways unique in Germany.

Matthias Borner
December 25, 2019 | As of December 25, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Gutersloh. If you meet a Mr. Hanswillemenke, a Mrs. Schlangenotto or the Höwelkröger brothers on vacation, you immediately know where these people are "wech": from the Gütersloh district Ottovordemgentschenfelde, the longest German family name without spaces and hyphens.

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