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How common is Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry?

I found out I have Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors on both sides of my family, Mennonites on my dad's side and Amish on my mom's side.

How common is it to have Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors?


There were a ton of Yoders, Millers, Troyers, and Hochstedlers.

Update 2:

Pennsylvania Dutch as in the German immigrants that settled in Southeastern Pennsylvania before the year 1800.

Update 3:

The term Pennsylvania Dutch in the United States refers to German immigrants to Pennsylvania before the year 1800. Yes the term is incorrect but the most prevelent term for these immigrants.

8 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry is very common since so many of the families have been in America since before the Revolution. Not to mention that these early farm families had many children who went on to have large families, and so on down through history. Anyone who does genealogy research knows who the Pennsylvania Dutch were. Are you looking for ancestors? Do you have questions about the names you listed? Have you been researching your family tree?

    You can post names and dates here and someone will come along to help. You could have a very interesting tree.

    You might find this informative.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Pennsylvania Dutch Names

  • 5 years ago


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  • 6 years ago

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    How common is Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry?

    I found out I have Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors on both sides of my family, Mennonites on my dad's side and Amish on my mom's side.

    How common is it to have Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors?

    Source(s): common pennsylvania dutch ancestry:
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Really neat map! It's true that a lot of Americans have German ancestry. However, I suspect that the statistics shown on that map are probably not real accurate. Here's why: Nobody has thoroughly traced the ancestry of every American citizen. This data is gathered from the federal census, which asks, "What is your ancestry or ethnic origin?" And people answer what they 'believe' to be their ancestry. Now, some people know exactly what their heritage is; say, families of recent immigrants, or nutty genealogists like the folks who hang out here, who've spent years researching our ancestry. But the truth is, a good percentage of Americans have no clue what lies up their family tree. So they base their answers on what they've been told, or what they suspect... and that's not always accurate. I once read an article about this (wish I could remember where I saw it!). A group of genealogists conducted a survey asking average U.S. citizens about their ancestry. A good majority answered "German." But after researching these folks' family trees, they found that less than half of the "German" answerers had any significant German ancestry. I know that's true in my family. My mom always told me we were "part German." But after years of genealogical research, I've only found a small handful of German ancestors... so few, and so far back, that there's no way my mom could've known about them. Her ancestry is mostly British. So why did she, and so many others, believe she was German? I don't know! But it's interesting!

  • Good question! But, remember, using surnames to trace ancestry is futile. How did you "find out" that you have Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors? Not all German immigrants to Pennsylvania are known as Pennsylvania Dutch. The Dutch part comes in, as you may already know, because people from the 1600s to the year 2012 cannot differentiate between Deutsch, the German word for German, and Dutch, which is the language spoken by Hollanders.

    See: Quite a few of my ancestors were from the Palitinates.


    I could not find anything definitive, but most likely their descendants number in the millions. After all, in both the Mayflower Descendants and descendants of the Germanna Colony of 1714 (Virginia) the descendants number in the millions. I am descended from both Colonies, as well as Germans who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

    Anyhew, good luck!

    Source(s): life; genealogical research; good old google
  • J-Dawn
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Depends on where you live. Around where I live, Mennonites are very common but Amish are practically nonexistent.

    I would think not as common as most other groups because the Mennonites weren't that big of a group.

    Source(s): I'm Mennonite
  • 8 years ago

    what's your ancestors last name, I can tell if it was original dutch names, since I'm from the netherlands.

    yoder, sounds a little jooish to me, but maybe the amish had jooish names back then anyway most names you mentioned are indeed Dutch names, both aren't that common Dutch names I think, except for Miller.

    I think some of those names even appear to be amish names when I google with dutch google, especially Yoder. Hochstedler sounds more German than Dutch.

    Even the Netherlands ad immigrants living here, so maybe they were originally from germany and settled in the netherlands and then some moved to america.

    anyway good look with your question, I didn't answer anything about pennsylvania.

    I'm sorry but DUTCH are from the Netherlands, and GERMAN or DEUTSCH is from GERMANY.

    (so dutch as in german immigrants makes no sense, it's like saying italian as in french immigrants)

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