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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 16 July 15 19:19 BST (UK) »
The only way to know the facts is to see the death certificate, everything else is supposition. The name on the death certificate is normally the name the person was known by at the time of death, however if they were also known by another name i.e. an alias then both names might be entered,  Reply #3.   
AS for marriages, I have a marriage certificate for a divorced woman and under name and surname in column 2, it has 'Margaret Cockton formerly Stephenson (her maiden name) Spinster', and in column 4, condition, it has 'The Divorced Wife of John Cockton'. The marriage is indexed under both her maiden name and her former married name in the GRO Index.


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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 16 July 15 19:55 BST (UK) »
Thanks everyone for your input

It does appear from the replies that although it is unusual it must be indexed like this because for some reason she was known by both names
Certainly deaths of this period are not indexed by maiden names, but i couldn't think of another twice-married woman to check if it was standard in that circumstance

At the moment I am not inclined to send for the death certificate of a distant connection --but one day i may let my curiosity take over and send for it!
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 16 July 15 21:40 BST (UK) »
The GRO now accepts 'alternative' first names as well.

I saw an entry for "Turbo Ted" a couple of weeks back.
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #21 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 12:44 GMT (UK) »
How rare is it for a man's death to be registered under two different surnames?
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Occomore - ditto
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #22 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 13:19 GMT (UK) »
I would think that depends on whether he was known by 2 surnames

Lord Snowdon's death is recorded as Anthony Charles R Snowdon and Anthony Charles R Armstrong-Jones, Kensington 2017 if you want to take a peek at the GRO death index online
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #23 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 13:44 GMT (UK) »
How rare is it for a man's death to be registered under two different surnames?

All deaths can be indexed under a number of names if the person was known by, or used more than one name or had changed their name.

It reflects the wording on the register entry which will be in the form of "SMITH formerly JONES" or "SMITH otherwise JONES". Each would be a separate index entry.

Previous names don't have to always be shown, and may depend on the wishes of the informant but it is important that they are if there are likely to be any assets or property held under different names as that makes the probate process more straightforward.

I recall registering one woman's death with five surnames (one current and four former married names) .... it would be indexed under each of them.

Deaths are not indexed under maiden names.

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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #24 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 14:16 GMT (UK) »
Thanks very much for the advice. I assume that where a death is recorded against more than one surname the same volume and page reference are used in each case?
Lovelock - all and any anywhere
Occomore - ditto
Vockins - Wiltshire/Hampshire 18/19C
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #25 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 14:20 GMT (UK) »
Ah yes - I see from the Snowdon/Armstrong-Jones entries that it is.
Lovelock - all and any anywhere
Occomore - ditto
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Re: Why would a death be indexed under two surnames?
« Reply #26 on: Tuesday 11 February 20 14:31 GMT (UK) »
Ah yes - I see from the Snowdon/Armstrong-Jones entries that it is.

Yes - because it is just one register entry being indexed multiple times, so the reference will always be the same.