Re: Habich in Southern Indiana/Louisville KY
Just starting my "investigations" i found your message. May be there are some connections. I am looking for those Habichs, who come(came) from Clausthal/Germany.They are spread all over the world. It is shure, some are down under, others are in USA. My mother is still alive and in good health,i will try to use here memory to get first results. I will let you know.
Are you interested how Habich is pronounced in german? The first part is quit easy: Hab equals hub in Hub or Hubble. Bi equals bee(A little bit shorter like bill).Yeah, and now the problem is arising: ch is pronounced like ch inthe scottish word loch in Loch Ness or so.I did not find any english or american analogy. The name Habich is emphasized like the english word Habit(the first part a little bit longer).
By the way, the root of the name Habich is found in the old german word Habuch (Buis pronouncedlike book, see later!)This means a tree, the beech or beach-tree, in german: Buche. The words book(in german Buch) derives from the same root.Boo in book equals Bu in Buche and are pronounced the same way.If you consider, that parts of the english language and older(elder?) parts of german language spoken in northern germany are very close in pronouncing (not in writing), the root may be clear.The first kind of letters have been made of rods of a beech, in german: Buchstabe, in english:letter. The german Stab (Rod in english) equals Staff. So the roots may be Sta in both words.
Another Explanation for Habich is: It derives from Habicht, in english: hawk.
Other similiar names are Habig, Habicht(of course), Habighorst and Habichthorst.Horst (a german name) means thicket or a cluster of trees. But in this way it means eyrie, nest ore retreat( in german: Nest(!)). So Habichthorst and similiar names mean: The nest of a hawk. In modern germany: Habichtsnest= Habichtshorst.
Who will decide where Habich derives from?
In both explanations the roots seem to be obvious.
F.W. Friedhelm Habich