spelling changes

+7 votes
does anyone else have so many name changes as me? found my Barnes as Borins in one document, but Deese was dees and im assuming others. Minix was Minnix and ive even seen Menix.
in The Tree House by Bill Barnes G2G4 (4.3k points)

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+6 votes

Even the Smiths and Greens can't decide how to spell their names in the 1600's. There are a plethora of alternate spellings on just about everyone. One of my favorites is Gamaliel/Gamaliell Beaman Beamon Beeman Beemon Beamont Beamond Beemont Beemond Beaumont

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
wow that's a lot of the same but different
+4 votes
Spelling variations are very common, especially in older records. The most crazy-making cases of variant spellings I've seen are in 1600s New Netherland, where the record keepers often were writing down names from languages they didn't know anything about. When (for example) French and Scottish and could-be-Portuguese names were written by Dutch and English clerks, it's sometimes difficult even to tell if two spellings possibly could be the same name. But I've never seen Boring for Barnes!

Wikitree asks us to stick with one appropriately documented spelling for the LNAB. Other spellings can go in Other Last Names, separated by commas.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
yeah the marriage certificate for William barnes and herriet cornelia griffein said borins instead of barnes. oh well im glad im not the only one facing this

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