I came across the city name of "Libege" when doing genealogy research.

Is Libege a historical spelling of the modern-day city of Liège?

Source (among others): Geneagraphie family tree

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    Welcome to GFH.SE! From a quick review of online sources, Libege is not another name for Liège. Please edit your question to include the context and source of your information, so we can evaluate whether the placename was mis-spelled or mis-transcribed, or whether it refers to another place altogether.
    – bgwiehle
    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:37
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    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 22, 2016 at 17:48
  • Hi, here is my source: Louis de Geer b. 17 Nov 1587 Libege, B d. 19 Jun 1652 Amsterdam, NH, NL: Geneagraphie - Families all over the world geneagraphie.com/getperson.php?personID=I476848&tree=1
    – Alix
    Mar 23, 2016 at 19:44
  • I'm not familiar with geneagraphie.com, so I'm struggling a bit with the format of the website. Are there any historical records associated with this family?
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 24, 2016 at 17:55

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No, I can find no evidence that Libege is a real place. I think it is simply a spelling error for Liège on that family tree that has been perpetuated on several other family tree websites.

However you can be fairly certain that the author meant Liège by taking a quick look at the Wikipedia page for the same person.

  • Your conclusion is very plausible. An alternative explanation, that I was thinking of, could be that it is a (old?) latinized or dutch form of the city name. Can we rule these alternatives out somehow?
    – Alix
    Feb 18, 2018 at 12:27

Well according to the sources to https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_De_Geer_(1587-1652) he was indeed born in Liège.

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