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I recently found out that one of my forefathers changed our family name from the German Maurer (the a had an umlat" to Mowry.  I am curious to see how close the pronunciation of my current family name is to what it originally was.  Can you provide me with the German pronunciation of Maurer?  Thank you for your help.

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Hello Kurtis,

thank you for your question.
There is some difference between the German Mäurer and English Mowry.

In German "äu" is pronounced is like "oy" in English. It is important that the ä is an Umlaut here.
The "r" sounds also a bit different in German.

If you go here:
http://www.dict.cc/?s=Maurer
you can listen to the pronounciation of a German word which is quite close to Mäurer. Just click on one of the loudspeakers on the right, next to "Maurer"
In fact, I think that your family name means that one of your ancestors once had this profession.
So, in order to get the correct pronounciation, just replace the "ow" sound in Maurer with "oy" and you get Mäurer.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards
Janina

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As a native German speaker working professionally with languages, I can answer questions concerning German grammar, spelling and punctuation. I can also help with understanding and short German-English translations. As I also speak French, I might also be helpful concerning German-French translations. Translation only refers to short texts here.

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I am a German native speaker working as a translator for English and French. I am concerned with language issues as grammar and spelling on a daily basis. I am very interested in these kind of topics, as any good translator should be. I also have a very good insight in the differences between English and German (and also French), so I might be able to give helpful explanations why specific things are the way they are in a specific language.

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