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Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« on: Wednesday 30 December 20 15:26 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
   Does anyone have any information on the spit between the names Heslen and Heslin in Ireland? 

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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 16:07 GMT (UK) »
Researching: Cuthbertson – Co. Derry, Scotland & Australia; Hunter – Co. Derry; Jackson – Co. Derry, Scotland & Canada; Scott – Co. Derry; Neilly – Co. Antrim & USA; McCurdy – Co. Antrim; Nixon – Co. Cavan, Co. Donegal, Canada & USA; Ryan & Noble – Co. Sligo

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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 16:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi, do you have any further information by way of context that might help readers of your topic to respond to you?

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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 16:28 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat.
It is likely to just be a spelling variation.
As gaffy says the context would help.
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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 17:17 GMT (UK) »
The idea of a single or correct spelling for a surname or a place name in Ireland is very much a recent phenomenon designed to meet the needs of modern officialdom. Before that there was no consistency. Names were spelled phonetically and each variation was down to the whim of the particular person recording the information. You will often see the spelling change as the records go back. This rarely indicates a deliberate decision to alter the name, nor even a mistake. Not everyone was literate, but even when they were, exact and consistent spelling simply wasn’t something they bothered about.

Here are 2 examples of spelling varying within the same family in the same census:

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Antrim/Sharvogues/Drumsough/920148/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1851/Antrim/Upper_Glenarm/Carncastle/Four_Score_Acre/5/

Expect the spelling to vary. It was the norm.
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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 31 December 20 21:04 GMT (UK) »
All,
Thank you all for your responses. I think it is just a matter of spelling variations.  I was told our family name was derived from Ó hEislin, possibly formerly Ó Heisleanáin, and there was some sort split that occurred in the family whereby the different spellings were then used, although I now doubt this is the case.

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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #6 on: Friday 01 January 21 18:11 GMT (UK) »
Registrar-General of Ireland published a book in 1901 about anomalies in names. An example was a man who, when he went to register his brother's death, he spelled his own surname differently to his brother's. When registrar queried the 2 spellings, the man replied that his brother had always spelled his name that way.
"O" might be dropped or added according to whim or circumstances. 
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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #7 on: Friday 01 January 21 18:22 GMT (UK) »
My birth surname and married surname are both spelled differently. One variation is just the omission of the ‘O’ which we didn’t have but cousins do. Then my Irish cousins now pronounce and spell the surname completely differently. (Not the Irish version - the anglicised version).
My married surname can have an ‘a’ or ‘e’. It also has a ‘d’ in the name. However in the past it sometimes did but sometimes not. It makes research great fun.
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Re: Heslen vs Heslin name in Ireland
« Reply #8 on: Friday 01 January 21 19:11 GMT (UK) »
In his Special Report on Surnames in Ireland, published in 1909, Mathieson includes numerous examples of variation in the spelling of surnames which depended on the whim of the holder. “Some years ago the marriages of a brother and sister in the same family were solemnized in a Registrar’s office. The son gave his surname as “Faulkner” and his father’s name as “Faulkner.” The daughter gave her surname as Falconer, and her father’s surname as Falconer. Both marriages were subsequently re-solemnised in a place of worship, and the same orthographical differences were found to exist in the records kept by the officiating Minister.”
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