unique first name spelling Elizabeth is normal, why the error?

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511 Unique first name (spelling)Selby-785 Elizabeth Drummons Reynolds (Selby)

Is this an error on the error report?

I know that the middle name is not a normal name but the first name is fine

Elizabeth, how normal can you get?
WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Reynolds
in WikiTree Tech by Corinne Kuhlmann G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry
The error check on the second name is needed. I have found a number of occasions where this is the mother's maiden name when in fact someone has misread the BMD register. Often the maiden name is actually given but many times it is plain wrong. It is worth looking at the original document to make sure.I guess this is a peculiarly UK problem
I don't think computer can make such distinction of a name. Give some examples, so I can check if there is a pattern computer can find.

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The Error Report is currently checking both the first name and middle name combination - 'Elizabeth Drummons' is unique so it is being reported as an error.

It seems a majority of 511 Unique first name (spelling) are the result of this.  It would be better if the first name and middle names were checked separately.

by Joe Cochoit G2G6 Pilot (265k points)
selected by Corinne Kuhlmann
Therefore, Corinne, you can click the false error button and forget about it.

There is no checking on combinations, but only on single names. In this case the error is referring to Drummons, and Drummons only.

What needs to be done here is to make sure Drummons is a valid name for this person. If so flag the error as false, otherwise correct or remove Drummons.


There is checking on combinations. Only unique combinations are checked for spelling of each word and each word must appear 5 times to consider it valid spelling.

And you are right: Drummons is the problematic name here. Actions: Correct, delete or ignore. It is up to the user.


I added link to analyse first names in error reports, so you can quickly see which name is unique.

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