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What is the correct pronunciation of Steuben?

I had always heard Steuben pronounced "Stoo-ben," whereas in Corning, everyone placed the emphasis on the "ben," but no one could tell me why. What is the origin of he name and its pronunciation?
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2014  |  591 Views
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Steuben is the name of the county in which the Steuben factory resides and it is named after the Baron von Steuben (1730-1794), a German born Revolutionary War hero. For more about the Baron, see


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  1. Yes, but that name, in German, would be pronounced Shtoy-ben, and the first syllable, not the second, would be accented--unless, possibly, this man spoke some dialect of German. And I find it hard to believe that the American residents of this county would have insisted on the correct pronunciation in any case, because they anglicize so many French and other names.
    by Paul Nathanson on Aug 15, 2013.
  2. stew-benn is schwiezerdeutch (swiss dutch) although I have no idea why that would've become the common pronounciation or if it even is any more than a coincidence.
    by Josh Schneider on Jul 07, 2014.

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