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Bitmap

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Ohne mich näher damit beschäftigt zu haben:

- Katzbach klingt nach einem Ortsnamen (und ist es wohl auch).
- Katzbachine klingt wie "Frau aus Katzbach".
 

Tironis

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Jungs und Maedels, kurze Frage an euch - was zur Hoelle ist "Katzbaschine" ?o_O oder was soll es eigentlich bedeuten?
baschine = typo? If you mean bachine: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=bachine
Katz = surname; Bachine = surname, hence compound noun

However, see bitmap's interpretation.
 

Bitmap

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Katz = surname; Bachine = surname, hence compound noun
The article is about first names that were approved in Germany, though.

You find a number of different articles on funny first names getting approved in Germany if you google "Katzbachine".

According to this article, some parents named their child "Talula does the Hula from Hawaii". The child sued them at the age of 9 for that and the parents were stripped of their legal custody for the child. I have no idea whether that's true or not, though.

Apparently, you can't name your child Anus in Germany.

The name Gneisenauette seems to have a similar word formation as Katzbachine (place name + female suffix).

Maybe the children were named after the place of conception.
 

Tironis

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The article is about first names that were approved in Germany, though.
Exactly. I was thinking that the name was perhaps in memory of maternal and paternal ancestors - perhaps Jewish who perished in the Holocaust.
 

Tironis

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Etaoin Shrdlu

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From that link:

In 2004, the German Language Council launched a more comprehensive competition for the "Most Beautiful German Word." People from 111 countries submitted nearly 23,000 suggestions, and the top-5 winners were:

1. Habseligkeiten (treasured belongings)

2. Geborgenheit (emotional security)

3. lieben (to love)

4. Augenblick (fleeting moment)

5. Rhabarbermarmelade (rhubarb jam)


This strikes me as odd.
 

rothbard

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In case anyone is interested, the Austrian radio channel Oe1 this week has been broadcasting a series of 5-minute documentaries (every day at 17:55) called "Als die DDR Geschichte wurde", covering the period from the fall of the Berlin Wall till German reunification. They can be found here in the "Nachmittag" section until Monday 5 October.
 
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