Town Iaeger

dihydrogen monoxide

Senior Member
Slovene, Serbo-Croat
It's just an assumption, there's a town in West Virginia called Iaeger. Could that be someone's surname of German origin Jäger? What is weird is that the name of the town starts with I.
 
  • berndf

    Moderator
    German (Germany)
    Spellings Iaeger or Yaeger for the family name are probably to avoid English speakers pronounce it [egɚ]. The town is named after one Col. Iaeger, who was born in 1830 in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, a town founded by German settlers in the 18th century.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    There have been and are quite a few people with the family name Iaeger in Pennsylvania. Many German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries; from a brief history on the website of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: "Between 1727 and 1775, approximately 65,000 Germans landed in Philadelphia and settled in the region while some German immigrants landed in other ports and moved to Pennsylvania."
     
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