When did DeGroot become DeGroodt in New York?

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Does anyone know the how and why of DeGroot becoming DeGroodt in New York? It appears to have happened between Cornelius Joosten DeGroot and Cornelius Augustus DeGroodt in the early 18th century, but some more information would be great. Thanks!

WikiTree profile: Cornelius DeGroodt
in Genealogy Help by Greg Bowman G2G2 (2.0k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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This wasn't necessarily a name change. In fact, it probably wasn't a name change.

In the 17th century, the spelling of a name varied from one record to the next and sometimes a name was spelled different in different places in the same document.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Greg Bowman
I would have thought the change would have gone the other way - actually.  So many of the names have variants as Ellen says - and so many reasons!  Many of my ancestors have had changes down through the years that I learned to look at any and all possible spellings and variations when searching for sources on those ancestors - and you will have backsliders that go back to a previous spelling in certain branches of a family sometimes siblings will choose different spellings and then you wonder if they really were siblings - I try and make sure to list possible variants in the Other Name field to help avoid duplicates and for the LNAB - the last name at birth I try and find the last name of the father in the actual primary birth record of the person in the profile, even if later that person used one of the variants in documents through their life - in that case use the Preferred name field for what they used

And I know it seems crazy and so confusing - but spelling back in those days was a more free and easy thing than now and you get used to that working with older profiles
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Thank, I will look into it right away.
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My oldest ancestor was John DeGroodt born 1784 in New Paltz NY. The census records list him as DeGroot, DeGroote, or DeGroat. I believe neither the census takers nor perhaps John new the correct spelling. My two definitive records are. 1. His gravestone lists John DeGroodt and 2. His Will lists John DeGroodt. These were both completed around 1859 to 1864.
by William DeGroodt G2G Rookie (260 points)

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