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How should the name be spelt?

Easten
Eastern
Eastom
Easton
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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #9 on: Friday 09 February 18 08:45 GMT (UK) »

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His girlfriend from Craven Arms was Fanny Elizabeth Bromley (age 21), He had "what he calls 'an agreement' with her that they are to be friends & exchange confidences without anything serious or matrimonial being intended"

It looks to me as if our man kept to his plan. I think Fanny married Alfred Henry Burton, chemist & druggist Q3 1896

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #10 on: Friday 09 February 18 09:06 GMT (UK) »
That looks right, the family are living here Norton, Llo Yard Street, Llandudno, Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales

The first child has an interesting choice of names:-

BURTON, HARRY  MONTAGUE BROMLEY    BROMLEY     
GRO Reference: 1897  D Quarter in CONWAY  Volume 11B  Page 431   

Bromley after his mother, but I wonder where the Montague comes from?
 
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #11 on: Friday 09 February 18 09:08 GMT (UK) »
The more I look, the less I see "Easton".
I can see why people might vote for Easton, but only if they have not read all the previous threads.  ;)

If you look at Deskman's samples on the first page of this thread (as well as all the previous threads), you will see that an "o" is almost always completely closed AND that it is almost always joined to the preceding letter.

The writer's lower-case "e" does, as with a lot of his letters, indeed vary, but is very often looks like a small, curved capital T, if you see what I mean (see samples of surname on page 1 of this thread).

There is simply "too much there" for it to be only Easton. He tends to leave out letters, not add unnecessary bits.  :)

My two penn'th... (yet again  ;D)

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #12 on: Friday 09 February 18 09:19 GMT (UK) »
Karen - I must admit that when I saw the word my mind immediately leapt to Eastern.  Like you I felt that there was more at the end of the word that made Eastern more likely than Easton and I haven't been reading all the pieces of writing.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #13 on: Friday 09 February 18 20:33 GMT (UK) »
I have a question about the 4th sample in post one:
What is the very first word?  It has a lot of the same form as we are struggling with, with the exception of a g or y tail in it.  (I am assuming the very last word on the snippet is the name we are struggling with).

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #14 on: Friday 09 February 18 20:37 GMT (UK) »
Hi bbart the first word is the name Easton/Eastern/Whatever and last word is Easton/Eastern/Whatever.

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Re: 1889 diary - What is his name?
« Reply #15 on: Friday 09 February 18 20:40 GMT (UK) »
This name spelling topic and poll have been running for 24 hours. It has had 205 visits but only 6 votes cast in the poll
3 for Eastern
3 for Easton
 :'(
Thanks to those who have voted and for all the comments.

I'm left generally undecided, both options have good arguments  :-\
I’ll go for Eastern until I know different…
…I'll now close the topic leaving the poll running and move on...