Collecting Beasley/Beesley/Beazley/Beezley and more

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As manager of the Beasley Name Study I have this habit of collecting orphans of Beasley and most common variants Beesley, Beazley and Beezley. I also look for other less common variations (often, but not always, typos, misspellings or mistranscriptions) including Beasly, Beesly, Beazly, Beezly, Beasely, Beesely, Beazely, Beezely, Beaseley, Beeseley, Beazeley, Beezeley. To some extent, I'll also accept orphaned near relatives as well. My object is to knit them together into larger families. I am willing to accept Beasley transfers.

in The Tree House by Douglas Beezley G2G6 Mach 2 (27.3k points)

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It's quite interesting following your posts about the Beasley name, and the detailing of your methods. I think it might be useful to point out though, that the Guild of One-Name studies defines, such typos, misspellings, incorrect transcriptions, etc', as deviants, not variants. Don't you think that it is important that we all use common terms (well established in one-name studies), in order to avoid confusion?
by Pete Hudson G2G4 (4.2k points)

Yes, I neglected to use the term deviants, of which I'm aware. To be more precise, I might have said "other less common variants and deviants...." I used the term "variants" in the first sentence but fudged with "variations" in the second because the following list contained both uncommon variants and deviants. It should also be noted that the distinction of "variant" and "deviant" is not precise and requires some judgment.

The Guild therefore defines a variant as a name spelling which varies from the primary name spelling (or another variant spelling) used by that person’s ancestors and which is:

  • A name spelling that the person was known to have used, through signature evidence on wills, marriage bonds etc or other documents originating from the individual concerned, or
  • A name spelling used by officials on a consistent and persistent basis over a period of years.

deviant is any other spelling recorded, including cases where the spelling occurs in official records, but only randomly and inconsistently. Deviants will also include spellings derived from enumeration, transcription and indexing errors, both contemporary and modern.


Read more at http://one-name.org/variants-and-deviants/#MgE6eK1V2c3i9jZd.99

So, to be more precise, it appears that Beasly and possibly Beesly may be considered variants rather than deviants. Generally speaking, I refer to the "big four" as the principle variants used today.

As a side note... among those of us who use the Beezley variant, the least common of the "big four" there is a well-recognized phenomenon that people mysteriously add an "r" to make it "Breezley". I would, of course, call this a deviant except that there is a single extended family of Breezley's in the US who have used that spelling since the mid 1800's when, as nearly as I can tell carried forth from a misspelling of a family matriarch born about 1800. The husband is not known, but I have not found that spelling before this time or elsewhere in the world.

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