My German Palatinate, Saarland, Lorraine, France, and Swiss Anabaptist Surname and Place Lists

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The German Palatinate

  • Nunschweiler: Leies/Lais/Layes/Leis/Leyes, Bold, Pfeiffer, Scheid (originated in Loutzviller, Moselle), Bauer, Burkhart, Conrad (originated in Schweyen, Moselle)
  • Knopp-Labach: Bold, Becker
  • Rodalben: Scheid (originated in Loutzviller, Moselle), Buchler (originated in Weselberg, Becker, Wilhelm, Hauck/Hocque/Hock/Hoque, Bisser(in), Helfrich/Helferich/Helferig
  • Vinnigen: Hauck, Kolsch (originated in Moselle)
  • Leimen/Merzalben/Leiningen: Reber, Helfrich/Helferich/Helferig (in Leimen before and after the Thirty Years War according to 850 Jahre Leimen.  See also Die Helfriche)
  • Mauschbach: Conrad, Steu/yer, Pfeiffer, Kempf, Burkhart, Ziegler
  • Grosssteinhausen: Pfeiffer, Kempf, Schaefer, Engel
  • Kirchenarnbach: Bisserin
  • Leichelbingen (Monbijou): Ziehl
  • Hornbach: Ziehl
  • Beidershausen: Stuppi/y, Muller, Rubli
  • Niedershausen: Stuppi
  • Oberhausen: Rubly/Rubli, Schwartz, Leyies/Leies/Layes/Leyies-Trauden/Traudi
  • Bechhofen: Rubli
  • Zweibrucken: Schwartz
  • Weselberg: Buchler/Bugler, Wilhelm
  • Weisbach: Leies
  • Contwig: Leyies/Leies/Leyies-Trauden/Leyies-Traudi/Traudi, Rubeli
  • Messerschwanderhof: Rubeli/Reubal/Ruble

I share DNA with the descendants of the Hauck family and Helfrich family that emigrated to Pennsylvania before the Revolution. 

Anyone in America that has the surname Leies in their tree and has ancestors that immigrated to NYC and Wooster, Ohio is my DNA cousin.  They can all be traced back to Wenceslaus Layes-Trauden who lived the Zweibrucken area in the 1690s.  His origin is unknown. 

Please see this former post on the ancestry of Emilia Bold from Nunschweiler who descends from the Hauck, the Helfrich, and several Moselle and Pfalz millers: Immigrant #24 ~~ Great Great Grandmother Emilia Anna Bold Leies~~



  • Saarbrucken: Kempf, Ludt, Hufflinger
  • Burbach: Gans, Hufflinger

*My Kempf ancestors from Grosssteinhausen, RP are possibly descended from the Saarbrucken Kempfs in the Saarland.  I am working to prove descendancy from the Bailiff Hufflinger who lived in Saarbrucken in the 1400s which French researchers on Geneanet seem to think is a possibility.


Moselle, Lorraine, France

  • Loutzviller: Bittel, Scheid(t), Conrad
  • Schweyen: Conrad, Stauder
  • Volmunster: Bittel, Ziegler, Stauder, Stauder dit Le Suisse
  • Haspelscheidt: Fabing/Faber
  • Sarreguemines: Bittel
  • Roppeviller: Schaub dit Bittel
  • Bliesbruck: Stauder dit Le Suisse
  • Leiderschiedt: Weyland
  • Urbach: Faber, Champion (origin possibly Picardie, France)
  • Petit-Rederching: Faber, Faber dit Schoff Jockel
  • Bitche: Faber

I have DNA matches with the Conrad family that emigrated to Germantown, Pennsylvania. I share DNA matches with the Stauders the emigrated to Ohio from the Palatinate. 


Bernese Anabaptist Refugees to the Palatinate

  • Aeschlen bei Oberdiessbach, Bern: Rubeli/Strubel (from Langnau), Muller – Rubeli and Muller migrated to Fischbach, RP and lived in Messerschwanderhof and Contwig.  The Rubeli were related to the Gungerich Anabaptists of Diessbach.  See: and Der Tauferlehrer Christian Gungerich von Oberdiessbach (1595-1671) und der Streit um Seinen Nachlas by Hanspeter Jecker.
  • Oberdiessbach, Bern: Gungerich/Gundrich/Gungery, Schindler
  • Langnau, Bern: Strubel, Vogt

My DNA matches the Rubeli descendants that emigrated to Pennsylvania before the Revolution.  They used Ruble and Ruple in America.  See also this former blog post for sources and references on the Rubeli: Immigrants #11 to 20 ~ The Anabaptist Rubeli of Aeschlen bei Oberdiessbach, Switzerland.

See also: My Anabaptist/Mennonite/Canton Bern, Switzerland Surname List


Links to my Palatinate Immigrants and Refugees on

Christian Rubeli – Mennonite Refugee to the Palatinate

Anna Muller – Mennonite Refugee to the Palatinate

Emilia Bold Leies

Elisabetha Scheid Bold

Johannes Leies

Peter Leies – Palatinate Immigrant that died at Antietam 

Shoot me an email if you want to compare DNA. Have a Wonderful Fourth!









The Mysterious Appearance of Native American DNA in My DNA

There is Native American DNA in my DNA.  I don’t know which ancestor gave it to me.  Last year for fun I bought an Ancestry DNA test when they were on sale and tested myself.  It was not much of a surprise except, it was lacking.  I didn’t test as 100% European.  It came back 88% Europe and 12% West Asia.  The largest European extraction was, not surprisingly, Italian.  After that was Western Europe.  Following behind that was Caucasus in the Western Asia proportion.  Then I heard that you could upload your Ancestry results into Gedmatch for free and get some more results and all I can say is wow.  The shocking result was the small percentage of Native American DNA showing in the various admixtures of my DNA as American, American Indian, Beringian (the Bering Strait land bridge), Mesoamerican, South American, and Oceanian.

See for yourself in the Punt DNAk10 Admixture from Gedmatch:

Oceanian .60, Beringian 1.54, American Indian .96


Also, here in the Harappa World Admixture:

American .56, Beringian .24

Other various Admixture test results that showed my Native American DNA:

0.83% American Indian – DodecadWorld9

0.80% Meso-American – MDLPk23

0.65% South American Indian –MDLPWorld22

0.27% American Indian – MDLPPlain

Just for fun is the breakdown of my Eurogenes in their k36 admixture which is incredibly more thorough than Ancestry’s test:



Look at that wonderful breakdown!

So does this mean that so-and-so was not so-and-so’s father?  To the best of my knowledge, my first American ancestor got here in 1849 from Germany and he married another German immigrant.   Wash, rinse, and repeat with my other German, Swiss, and Italian immigrants.  My last immigrant ancestor arrived in the 1950s.  It is impossible that this is paternal DNA, if that is 100% Abruzzese Italian right?  Here are some possibilities I have come up with so far to explain this, some of which are very far-fetched:

  1. One of my Chicago ancestors was adopted and nobody researching our genealogy knew about the adoption.
  2. A paternity secret.
  3. I had a French ancestor that took a Native American lady home after visiting the New World.
  4. I have a German Palatinate ancestor that brought a Native American home after spending some time in the New World.  My Schuttler ancestors were known as “dark Germans.”  What does that mean?
  5. In 2013 a mummified boy, frozen over 25,000 years ago in Siberia, was tested and his Eurasian DNA closely matched those of modern Native Americans. 
  6. The scant amount of Scandinavian blood I have boasts Viking blood and a mixture of Native American blood because they brought some back to Scandinavia after visiting Vineland before Columbus.

#5 makes the most sense and it is true!  #1 is a possibility for sure.  I doubt I have a close Native American ancestor, if one at all.  Unless?  I wonder…Afterall, I did end up with ridges on the back of my incisors and have the shovel teeth that are common in Native Americans.  But wasn’t that just a coincidence?  There are just more questions than answers.