Re: Conrad Dome
Rebecca - Augusta Virginia Doom was obviously named after the county and state where she was born.Her parents, Jacob and Margaret (Lohr) Doom were married 8 Feb 1842 in Staunton, Augusta Co, Virginia and appear to have moved to Ohio around 1859/60.Jacob was one of the many grandsons of Conrad and Charlotte (Hildebrand) Dome.
Census takers were hired for their ability to read and write – not for their ability to spell.The fact that the census taker for the 1880 census was poor at spelling was glaringly obvious.Census takers weren’t the only ones that were poor at spelling, so were ministers and other officials.Due to wars and other internal strife, Germans were accustomed to moving.When they moved to another country, they generally adopted the local way of spelling their name, hence: German – Dom; English – Dome; Dutch – Doom; Russian – Domme; Irish – Doam…..All versions rhyme with home, including other phonetic versions: Dohm, Doem, Dolm, Domm, Dhom, Tom, Tomb, Tome, Thom, Thome, and many others.Our reputed original immigrant, Konrad Dom, arrived in Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s and adapted his name to the English spelling, Conrad Dome.The problem with moving to America was, although the language was English, there were immigrants from other countries that used their own form of spelling.The thing that you have to keep in mind is that record keepers didn’t always spell a name the same way as the person whose name they were spelling. Also, when reading research done by other people, you also have to remember is that some people change the spelling of their ancestors’ names to match the version that they use.
When Conrad, Charlotte, and their 7 children moved from Washington Co, Maryland to Virginia in the early 1790’s, their surname was spelled Dome.When five of the children married between 1795 & 1815 – the local minister spelled their surname Dohm.Apparently the new minister and other record keepers in the area were of Dutch descent, because after a while all records showed the spelling Doom.The two sons and several grandchildren that moved out of the area by the early 1800’s maintained the Dome spelling.I’ve also found several other Dome’s born in Virginia and living in another state.Although the family members that stayed in the Staunton, Virginia area appear to have accepted the new spelling, it caused a new problem – the way it was pronounced.After a generation or two, instead of pronouncing it like it rhymed with home, they started pronouncing it like it rhymed with room – which started more misspelling whenever they moved out of state.