Re: Nathan & Polly (Krause) Biery of N Whitehall, Lehigh County
Linguistically, Uri sounds more Slavic or even Russian as in "Yuri Andropov".Uriah on the other hand is Biblical in origin and though not common is known to occur in the area.Biblical names as a whole are extremely common throughout the German community of Pennsylvania.
The other names on the 1850 census are also mangled by the transcriber, largely because the census takers writing is terrible.Yet, they are taught to write what they see and not try to interpret what was written.That job falls on the researchers.
If the family existed in PA earlier than, say 1812, it is a very good bet they are solidly German and thoroughly Christian.It makes perfect sense for them to use names they were familiar with.
What I have is only a small slice of the Biery family.There must be more to it than what I have.
Many of the German family names changed spelling as the language evolved.Schmidt became Smith, Schneider became Snyder, etc.An "er" on the end of a German name denotes the masculine gender and "in" denotes the feminine.Eg.Krauser and Krausin is the gender notation for the name Krause.This is only seen in early records as later they adopted the English rule of gender neutrality.
Will keep an eye out for Philip.