|Mario Götze beats Argentina goalie Romero during|
the world championship finals on July 13, 2014
Now, that poses a question. Could it be that he is a distant relative of my wife? Obviously that thought would not have occurred to me if his name would have been Schmidt or Schulze. The number of people bearing those names, also in Holland, easily runs into the thousands. But despite the fact that the Götze name may not be rare, I think it is not very widespread. So let me explain where that connection might be.
|The relationship between Emma Götze|
and my wife Adriana
Emma was born in Elsfleth a/d Weser on May 25, 1910. Her birthplace is located near Bremen in Germany. In those days it was not uncommon for German girls to work as a maid abroad. And that is how she ended up in Holland, probably in The Hague. The marriage with Hendrikus took place there on Oct. 7, 1931.
I do not know much about soccer player Mario Götze. He was born in Memmingen (Bayern) on June 3, 1992. And that is a long way from Elsfleth, some 750 kilometers to the south. So whether there is a connection remains to be seen. Maybe a German fellow genealogist can shed some light here.
|Emma Augusta Mathilda Götze|
Elsfleth 25-5-1910 / The Hague 5-9-1975
Soccer photo credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters