Muttertante

English translation: (maternal) aunt

GLOSSARY ENTRY (DERIVED FROM QUESTION BELOW)
German term or phrase:Muttertante
English translation:(maternal) aunt
Entered by: Timoshka

22:33 Sep 22, 2019
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Genealogy
German term or phrase: Muttertante
I found this word in a Catholic parish history from Minnesota, written in the 1870s: "Das Licht der Welt erblickte er 1846 am 24. oder 25. Mai. Nach unsäglichen Elend u. vielem Erdulden, wurde er in St. Paul, als bereits aufgenommenes Mitglied des O.S.B. 1874 zum Priester geweiht. Nachdem derselbe im Kloster als Oekonom, in Spunk Lake und Albany als Pfarrer seinen Verpflichtungen treulich nachgekommen war, richtete er in den folgenden 11 Monaten in St. Anthony die kath. Gemeinde wieder auf u. wurde, nachdem er dort bereits das dritte Gebaeude errichtet, durch seltsame Gruende versetzt, und kam so nach Meyer's Grove, wo er sich selbst ungluecklich, seine alte ihm zur Verpflegung anheimgefallene Muttertante, krank fuehlten."

Does Muttertante refer to his mother's aunt? Or his aunt, who was like a mother to him? Or something else? I haven't found the word anywhere else.
Timoshka
Local time: 00:20
aunt
Explanation:
Both aunt, as in mother's sister, and "aunt", as in a woman who became a mother to the priest, seem to me to be plausible translations of "Muttertante" in this context. It seems a little more likely that a real aunt, i.e. his mother's sister, now elderly and in ill-health, would end up being cared for by the priest, although he is clearly not happy with the situation.
Selected response from:

Gordon Matthews
Germany
Local time: 07:20
Grading comment
Vielen Dank!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
3 +1aunt
Gordon Matthews


Discussion entries: 9





  

Answers


10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
aunt


Explanation:
Both aunt, as in mother's sister, and "aunt", as in a woman who became a mother to the priest, seem to me to be plausible translations of "Muttertante" in this context. It seems a little more likely that a real aunt, i.e. his mother's sister, now elderly and in ill-health, would end up being cared for by the priest, although he is clearly not happy with the situation.

Gordon Matthews
Germany
Local time: 07:20
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Vielen Dank!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  AllegroTrans: Yes but I think the word means maternal aunt and this should not be omitted
3 hrs
  -> I guess you're probably right about that.
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)



Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.

You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs (or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.

KudoZ™ translation help

The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases.


See also:

Your current localization setting

English

Select a language

Term search
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search