Indeed, that is what I meant. If the bearer of the name gave his/her name to a clerk, then it could be recorded in one way, but another way when recorded by someone else. Unless the person wrote their own name down, which was rare, you are stuck with variant spellings. Even within one country, there are accents which can impinge upon a clerk's ability to hear what name it is. What is the 'right' way to record the name? Who knows? Even the nobility had their names spelt in many and varied forms, so what hope had the rank and file. IMO, you write it down as the generation wrote it, which means that father and son may have variations on a name, but that is more accurate.