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changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« on: Sunday 19 February 17 20:02 GMT (UK) »
In the 1901 and 1911 census for Derwent Street Blackhill my great grandparents name changed from Harris to Lodge, don't think it can be an error twice, whole family changed name but don't know why? Any ideas how to find a reason.

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Re: changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 19 February 17 20:31 GMT (UK) »
One idea comes to mind and that is to do with wills.

Did a parent or any other close member of the family die and stipulate that in order to inherit the name had to be changed from Harris to Lodge?

Another possibility is to avoid paying a debt.
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
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Re: changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 February 17 11:19 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for your reply, sadly my family or any relatives never had money. I had thought of something illegal or debt but where they lived everyone knew everyone else and inter-married so no chance of getting away with anything. My granddad did keep his original name and he lived in the next street.

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Re: changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 February 17 11:37 GMT (UK) »
Are you willing to give me some names and dates/places of birth and I'll have a little look myself?

Looking at the records might give me some ideas but not guaranteeing anything though!
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: changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 20 February 17 13:15 GMT (UK) »
I think it must be this family:

1901 census
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSHT-4X9

His parent's marriage:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTG9-9QV

Name:   James Laidlaw Herris
   5 Dec 1853
Holywood,Dumfries,Scotland
Spouse:    Sarah Dickson
.....
GRO Index
HARRIS, JAMES  LAIDLAW      mmn DIXON     
 1858  J Quarter in DURHAM  Volume 10A  Page 235

LODGE, BARBARA  HANNAH     mmn DIXON     
 1871  M Quarter in DURHAM  Volume 10A  Page 347

Mother re-marries:
Marriages Jun 1862
Harris    Sarah        Durham    10a   408    
Lodge    Thomas        Durham    10a   408

So he's taken on his step father's surname.

Maureen
 

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Re: changed name changed from Harris to Lodge ?
« Reply #5 on: Monday 20 February 17 13:23 GMT (UK) »
Ah Maureen I think that is probably the answer.  I did wonder if the name Lodge was in the family somewhere.
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