Like many a name change during the Protestant Reformation, it involved the Latin calque translation.

Andreas Goldschmidt (1514-?)

He was born in Breslau and studied in the University of Wittenburg in 1527. He would become friends with Philip Melanchthon.

Andreas Aurifaber (?-1559)

auri: (Latin) gold
faber: (Latin) smith

Along with his younger brother, Joannes Aurifaber Vratislaviensis, they would change their surnames into their calque translations in Latin.

He was made a physician to Duke Albert of Bradenburg.


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  • Kawerau, G. (1908b). “Aurifaber, Johannes, of Breslau”New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Vol. I. Funk and Wagnalls. Retrieved 2023-01-12.

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