According to "German - How to Speak and Write It" by Joseph Rosenberg, "The
letter p, when it appears before an f, is almost but not quite inaudible." That
would seem to change the sound of the surname that you are studying to almost FEE-ster (if
it was using the continental western European pronunciation of the letter 'i' as
'ee'). It doesn't seem to be a good choice of spelling when compared with the
the others that you provided.
MARGAREt DAVIS wrote:
I appreciate your wonderful explanation of the German/Dutch names.
hope I didn't miss this before but I wonder how "pf" is pronounced in
English. I have PEASTER/PIESTER/DePEYSTER variations of the same family.
Today, I saw one that was Pfister. Is the 'f' or the 'p' silent?
Margaret in NV