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Tendril14
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Working on genealogy. I have a middle-school knowledge of Deutsch, and can generally wield either my big German-English dictionary or Babelfish to accomplish most translation I need to do research.

Today I am stumped. Can anyone define the following word:

Zaufpathen.

Context suggests it may mean "godparents" or "witnesses." The word is used as a heading in a column, the previous columns appear to translate "given name", "date of birth", "date of baptism" and "father's and mother's names". This last column contains lists of names of adults, different from parents, usually three or four per infant baptized.

Am I in the ballpark?

Thanks!

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jana at jade house
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The spelling I have for godparent in our dutch to english is Taufpatin. I think your are correct, if this is s register which shows infsnt christenings in the catholic or luthern church it would be at least two godparents.
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HalfABrain
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On-line dictionary says English for Patin is Godparent. Taufen is baptize, and Taufung is Baptism, so I imagine Taufpatin could be godparents of the baptism.

But I don't know of any translation for either Zauf or pathen. Maybe it's an older word? Or a compound of two older words.

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palmetto_gal
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Taufpaten is indeed the correct word for godparent. In Germany a boy baby generally has 2 godfathers and 1 godmother. Girl babies have 2 godmothers and 1 godfather.
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jana at jade house
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I didn't know that! In America you have one of each.
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