At the beginning of the 20th century, granny called someone who doesn't own a house and therefore lives for rent. The term originated from landless farm workers who rented themselves from farmers and worked for them. The terms Beilieger or sojourner (which, unlike the one Assen managed no independent Hofstätten), Inman or inmate were regional common for granny. In Westphalia - especially in East Westphalia - the term " husk ducks" was also used well into the 19th century .
Residents did not have a share in the community assets and in the enjoyment of community meetings, but had to bear community burdens.
- Adelung: Grammatical-Critical Dictionary of High German Dialect , Volume 1. Leipzig 1793
- Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon , Volume 5. Leipzig 1906
- Brockhaus Bilder-Conversations-Lexikon , Volume 1. Leipzig 1837
- Official occupation and status from Old Prussia , Königsberg 1938