My ancestor was born, "boy" Holt, is that what I should use on the profile?

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my ancestor Enoch was only named as "boy" Holt on his birth certificate

(no baptism record has ever been found)

his marriage certificate lists him as Enoch Hoult

his death certificate lists him as Enoch Holt

his daughter's birth certificate lists him as Enoch Holt

census entries have him as Enoch Holt

should I still use boy as name given on birth certificate in profile?
WikiTree profile: Enoch Holt
in Genealogy Help by I Plimmer G2G1 (1.9k points)

1 Answer

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I would use Enoch for his first name. Sometimes it takes a while to come up with a name for a newborn, which may have been the case with his parents.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
I agree. My great-aunt was stillborn, and she was listed as "Infant" on her death certificate. When she was buried, she had been given the name of Barbra, and that's what is on her grave marker. I listed her name as Barbra, but I posted a copy of the death certificate that I have and explained the circumstances of the names.

My great-grandfather is another situation. He was less than a month old when the census taker came around. On that census, he was listed as "Rufus". I don't know if he was actually named that at first, or if the census taker pushed for a name for the census. In any case, a short time later, he had been renamed "Jacob" which he used the rest of his life. Again, I used Jacob as his name, but I explained in the biography section what had happened.

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