Enoch Nations or Enoch Nation

+3 votes

I believe Enoch's last name should be Nation - like his father's. (source http://www.megjohn.info/genealogy/Henry_Nation_Descendants.pdf).  Any objections?

Also, his son, David Nation, was the husband of Carrie Nation - the axe-wielding woman of temperance fame. No "s" in Enoch's father, and -- more importantly -- no "s" in his son.

And this change will affect a lot of profiles.

--David Nations

WikiTree profile: Enoch Nations
in The Tree House by David Nations G2G1 (1.4k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

1 Answer

+3 votes
The idea that a name can be spelled only one way seems to be a rather modern notion. Our ancestors sometimes spelled their names different ways in the same document!

WikiTree accommodates the variability of naming and name spellings by using the name(s) each person was known by during their lifetime. The Last Name at Birth is supposed to be the name they were born with (ideally the name is determined from an original record -- not from secondary and tertiary sources, such as a genealogy written by a much later descendant). The Current Last Name is the name they had at death (for example, from a gravestone or death record), and other last names they were recorded with go in the Other Last Names field. It's not uncommon here for the profile of a child to have a different last name spelling than the father.

So the fact that this man was related to Carrie Nation has no bearing on the spelling of his last name at WikiTree. And if the earliest record for Enoch is the record of his marriage, can you find that record and determine how his name was spelled?
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Ellen Smith
First off, let me say that I'm new to Wikitree, and THANK YOU to everybody that is involved with this amazing group project called Wikitree!!!
 With that said, I very strongly agree with Ellen's comment. I have seen records of my wife's family Surname, Winsor, dating back to 840AD. It is amazing to watch the various progressions the Winsor name has taken through all the various different branches of the family  Lineage.
Also keep in mind that the majority  people were illiterate until the last couple of centuries.  The people that could read and write in 1000AD for ecample, were almost all people closely associated with wealthy,  powerful and influential people of their era. So phonetics played a very important role in virtualy everybody's historical Surname. Especially when emigration took place from one country, to another, that spoke different language.
Honestly, accent and dialect differientials from say England to United States still get confused and can quite often cause misspelled words or names... to this day... Or even from one side of a country to another... LOL

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