Talk:Auguste Kerckhoffs

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His full nameEdit

I had hoped someone would unearth Kerckhoffs unearthly full name. Congratulations, Matt! ww 14:37, 28 May 2004 (UTC)

I'm not sure what his parents were thinking...also, I have my text justified, and his full name does horrible things to the layout! — Matt 14:39, 28 May 2004 (UTC)

More gloatingEdit

Came across this:

"Just for the record, the only verifiable/reliable on-line reference I found on biographical details on Kerckhoffs is" — [1]

Good work! — Matt 00:30, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)


When it comes to the foreign name, especially French name, I sometimes hesitate to pronounce it. Can I read his name as Curk-hof? Is there anyone who can read his name correctly? I appreciate any input. — stegano —Preceding undated comment added 06:51, 2 October 2005 (UTC).

Cairk-hofs. Känsterle 14:25, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

That's how the Dutch would pronounce it, with the first syllable stressed. The French would pronounce it with a silent 'h' and the second syllable stressed. FYI: in Dutch Kerckhofs means: "of the graveyard". I'm not quite sure all those first names are really spelt with hyphens. Magere Hein 04:01, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

The German version of this article has his given names without hyphens (separated by spaces instead). The Dutch article only gives one name, not the whole string. Then again, both give his family name as "Kerckhoffs von Nieuwenhoff". Worth a check. On the given names: Dutch usage separates them by spaces, just as English does. Unlike the US, the number of given names varies; one to three is common, four less so; seven is quite rare but not completely unheard of, and probably wasn't quite so strange in the 19th century. Paul Koning (talk) 19:15, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Another place to check would be the Volapuk version of the article, which is much longer than the others. Paul Koning (talk) 19:18, 27 June 2008 (UTC)