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Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« on: Wednesday 22 October 14 00:25 BST (UK) »
Good morning,

I am looking for a little bit of advice on a matter relating to registering births.
On my Mothers and her 6 other siblings’ birth certificates, their birth mothers name is different to her actual real name. However the father’s name is correct.
I have done a BDM check and I cannot seem to find anyone with that name.
Does anyone know how common this would have been from late 1930’s to 1959 to ‘fake’ a name when registering a birth? I would have though official documentation would have had to be shown?
I can't see anyone getting away with it these days.

Many thanks in anticipation

Kind regards
Stuie1   

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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 00:44 BST (UK) »
You can call yourself whatever you want, so long as it isnt with intent to commit fraud -- so there isnt (even now) a "legal name"

And no checks were / are made into the mothers name when registering the birth -- the registrar just wrote down what s/he was told
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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 00:47 BST (UK) »
Thank you  :)

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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 08:27 BST (UK) »
Hi Stuie1

What's the difference between the name on the cert and the name she was known by?

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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 09:35 BST (UK) »
Hi Dawn,
Thanks for replying
There is a major difference. The name on the birth certificates is Janet but her 'real' name was Vera.
The surnames are different too.

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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 09:47 BST (UK) »
Who was the informant? Was It the father rather than the mother?
A couple of possibilities. 1) She was named Vera at birth but had always been called Janet. It happens a lot that the child has always been called another name than what they were baptised. 2) Vera / Janet's surname changed with either a prior marriage or the remarriage of her mother at some stage.
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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 22 October 14 09:49 BST (UK) »
Have you got the correct birth certs  :-\ ?
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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 23 October 14 11:37 BST (UK) »
My mother was known as Rita all her life, I was 14 before I found out her real name was Julia

My ex m.i.l. was known as Mary, her real name was Louisa.  Was married for quite some time before I found out.

And those are the 2 in my tree in my own memory.  However, I have found many more women (mainly) whose birth name bears little or not resemblance to that which they are known as on Census returns etc. 

 
Fleming (Bristol) Fowler/Brain (Battersea/Bristol)    Simpson (Fulham/Clapham)  Harrison (W.London, Fulham, Clapham)  Earl & Butler  (Dublin,New Ross: Ireland)  Humphrey (All over mainly London) Hill (Reigate, Bletchingly, Redhill: Surrey)
Sell (Herts/Essex/W. London)

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Re: Birth registration 1930s - 1959
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 23 October 14 11:58 BST (UK) »
Have you found a marriage cert. for your Grandparents?
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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