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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #9 on: Monday 21 June 21 12:02 BST (UK) »
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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #10 on: Monday 21 June 21 13:23 BST (UK) »
Am getting cross-eyed staring at that name !! especially after all the different suggestions - for which many thanks.The line followed for the first letter does seem closest to the writer's capital P - and the last two letters look like "er" to me.
Like Maiden Stone, I also think it should be a female, so tried searching for James Sutting/Sutling(?) on the offchance that she was his wife - clutching at straws.
Back to staring again ............... :)

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 22 June 21 13:18 BST (UK) »
I only know about godparents for Catholic and Anglican children. If 2 godparents are chosen they should be 1 of each gender. Was it the same for Reformed churches? Were second godparents for other baptisms female?
Presumably she was a relative of the child's father.
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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 22 June 21 15:56 BST (UK) »
Yes, at least one of each gender seems to have been the norm for Dutch Reformed Church as well. And it seems very likely indeed that she was a relative of the father, so I was really hoping she'd provide a clue in tracing his parents - if I could just work out what her first name was.
 

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 22 June 21 19:55 BST (UK) »
I can't fully make out Hester Elisabeth's surname beyond seeing that it looks Dutch/Afrikaans rather than English/Irish. However, while a mother's maiden name might be recorded at a baptism, a godmother's may well not be.

So, if Joseph Bernard Doyle had a brother who also married an Afrikaner, and this woman was chosen as a godparent, could we be looking at an Afrikaans female forename?
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Bingley, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 22 June 21 21:09 BST (UK) »
Yes, that might be a possibility - although it was the norm in the DRC for women to retain their maiden names. But even a Doyle sister-in-law might be a useful clue.
P.S. Hester Elisabeth's surname was Grimbeek.

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 29 June 21 16:46 BST (UK) »
Could it be Prud with squiggle meaning abbreviation for Prudence?

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 29 June 21 16:56 BST (UK) »
I'll have a search to see if I can find a Prudence Doyle.
I'd actually given up .... but now you've got me started/staring again  ;D

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Re: Baptism witness name
« Reply #17 on: Tuesday 29 June 21 17:07 BST (UK) »
I've just had another look now too - could it be Diner, ie a misspelling of Dinah?
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Bingley, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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