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Offline Mars Barr

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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #9 on: Monday 13 February 06 10:12 GMT (UK) »
One of my ancestors had a grand daughter, whose birth name was Florence, but she was known as Daisy, on census etc. This made some problems when searching the 1837! why on earth she was called Daisy is a mystery
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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #10 on: Monday 13 February 06 19:32 GMT (UK) »
Maybe she had big eyes and long eyelashes. I knew a child like that and everyone called her daisy I never did find out her real name.
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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 14 February 06 22:03 GMT (UK) »
I'd like to know why my mother-in-law's mother was registered at birth as Lavinia Elizabeth, and was registered at death as Lavinia Elizabeth, but was married under the name of Winifred and was known as Winnie for all of her married life.

At first I thought that there might have been a mistake on the marriage certificate but it seems that she signed it Winifred too.

Mind you, the mother-in-law is known as Jill, but her cheque book tells us she's called Audrey!!

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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 15 February 06 06:33 GMT (UK) »
Never had this problem until I couldn't find Jesse HURST in the 1841 census or his birth. I have him as Jesse Hurst on all the other census.

So I think in the 1841 census he must be listed by his true name because he would be living at home with his parents.

Any suggestions of another name in place of Jesse (male) ::) Thanks Gem

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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 15 February 06 06:43 GMT (UK) »


My Grandfather was born Ernest Abbott Onley, but he was at various times known as Frederick Onley, Fred Only and then just to stuff us up he also called himself Fred Blunt.

I had a great Aunt who was named Eliza Alice, but was always known as Fanny . . . . strange!!

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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 16 February 06 23:32 GMT (UK) »
I have this exact same problem!!

My husband's ancestor is Robert Enoch and I've found him in the census with his family ... but I can't find Robert Enoch's christening or birth certificate -- but I *have* found a child of the same parents, born about the same time named Alfred George (seen in christenings of parent's parish and in the FreeBMD index)

Any way to prove they are the same individual? (well, perhaps his 13th Hussars service record will have a birth date - need to track that down!

One theory is that a child's name is changed to honour a recently-departed relative. At least that is the theory in the case of my American great-grandmother whose name mysteriously changed before she was 3 years old.
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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #15 on: Friday 17 February 06 12:37 GMT (UK) »
I have a great grandfather who not only gave himself one new Christan name but two, he was registered Jeremiah, but was known as George Bernard.
My grandfather was always Tony to me it wasn't until after his death that I found out he was actually Thomas.  ::)
Most of my nephews are known by their second name.
My sister changed hers as she has a rather peculiar name and didn't like it (saying that we have another pet for her too).
Two of my aunts changed their names too, one from Ann Maire to Laura and one from Edna Jude to Brideen.

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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 18 February 06 09:32 GMT (UK) »
My great grandmother Mary Ann was always known as Polly, the reasons for which are lost in the mists of time.
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Re: Why change a christian name?
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 18 February 06 20:54 GMT (UK) »
I was born Kathleen Ann Acheson sent off for original birth certificate and this has an amendement "for Acheson read Patton"

I was adopted as a baby my new parents renamed me  Sandra Denise Ireland then decided to only use Denise.

All legal documents come as Sandra D

All very confusing what to have on my gravestone I do not know
"Here lies somebody she knows not who"


Dont even ask about my birthdate.... that was amended too, cept no one told my adopted parents.  Legal documents say 14th Feb, but my original certificate thats amended says I was born on the 10th ( confirmed by writing to the hospital of my birth)

Future researchers are gonna stumble with me or just not find me  :'(
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