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Offline wiltshire21

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Change of name
« on: Saturday 01 June 19 21:41 BST (UK) »
I believe my great grandfather changed his name from John Stanley Woods to Robert John Stanley Burns sometime before his marriage in 1923. Can anyone tell me how easy it would have been to do this and any possible reasons why people change their name.

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Re: Change of name
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 01 June 19 21:59 BST (UK) »
There are many reasons why someone may change their name. You can call yourself you like, as long as it is not for illegal purposes.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
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Re: Change of name
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01 June 19 22:02 BST (UK) »
Firstly- very easy. It may have been done by deedpoll officially, or he may simply have started using another name. I believe it is true to say that one can use another name in this country without official paperwork as long as it is done without intent to defraud.

As for the reason... There are various reasons, from trying to avoid being found for marrying bigamously, avoiding issues as a result of a criminal record, from being illegitimate and already having the use of more than one surname as a result, from a mother remarrying and having the use of more than one surname as a result, honouring someone else (such as a more affluent or influential relative who might give him an inheritance or suchlike if he currys favour), actually receiving an inheritance/business and carrying on the established family name of that business... The inclusion of Robert may be for any of the above, or potentially if there was more than one John Stanley in the family he may have been known as Robert to differentiate him from the others.

-Edit... forgot about adoption... Once traced a guy who kept changing surname or using double barrelled surnames... turned out the family was from the US, came over to visit UK relatives, son fell ill and they abandoned him in the UK! He was "adopted" by the relatives over here and kept using different variations for the rest of his life.

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Re: Change of name
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01 June 19 22:04 BST (UK) »
For example, he may have been born John Woods but then his mother marred a Mr Burns and he was always known by that name - or adopted by a Burns family (no legal adoption process in those days - people's names just changed!)


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Re: Change of name
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 01 June 19 22:25 BST (UK) »
Robert may well have been one of his names,. I note his son's birth is registered as Stanley J R, but he's Robert J S on the 1939 register. Some families just love switching the order round!

Scrap that - noted I have the dob wrong. Stanley appears to have been another potential child born a few years later

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Re: Change of name
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 01 June 19 22:48 BST (UK) »
marriage
Lilian E Mitchell
Registration march 1/41923
Registration district     Pancras Middlesex
Spouse - Robert Burns Or Wood
As he appears to have declared both surnames at marriage it doesn't seem as if he was trying to hide from any criminal intent.
Birth reg surname is Wood - no 's'
His birthday on the 1939 register as Burns matches his birth reg

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Re: Change of name
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 02 June 19 00:54 BST (UK) »


If you are researching the origins of Robert John Stanley Burns, and you are interested in using a forum, it would be useful to start with  the information on the marriage certificate, 1923.

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Re: Change of name
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 02 June 19 10:55 BST (UK) »
Looks like he was discharged for lying about his age;
Name John Stanley Wood
Gender Male Birth Place Islington, Middlesex, England
Document Year 1915 Regimental Number 15489
Regiment Name Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment Form Title Short Service Attestation

Put his birth as 22 Jan 1897
Mother Mary Jane Hills or Mills (hard to make out)

Matches his Bapt date of birth;
John Stanley Wood
Age 6
Baptism/Birth
22 Jan 1900
Baptism Date 20 Jan 1907 St Mary, Islington
Parents Joseph/Mary

Looks like he was a bit of a lad as lost his job on the Railway also.
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Re: Change of name
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 02 June 19 17:19 BST (UK) »

Mother Mary Jane Hills or Mills (hard to make out)


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