confused name

+4 votes
i have added someone into my tree and he is listed twice on free bdm as it is showing his mother's maiden as two different surnames how should i put this into his biography
asked in The Tree House by Stephanie Meredith G2G6 Mach 5 (51.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Hi Stephanie, what does free bdm stand for please??
sorry it means free birth death and marriages where you can search for people in england and wales which can be found here
That's neat, thanks for sharing.
Stephanie can you give the name/link to the profile?
Freebmd is a very useful index Dorothy, but is not necessarily complete.
in my tree he is knight-10012

3 Answers

+2 votes

If freebmd is showing two different names for the mother then you should consider the following options:

  • Two different people. Perhaps cousins with the same name born in the same place and year.
  • Transcription error on freebmd. Take a look at the actual image.
You can also check the information now by looking at the GRO's own index where they now show mother's maiden name. They only cover births up to 1916 though. 
answered by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (454k points)
i have checked now with familysearch and added this to his biography on there it shows his mother as tippett or knight
+2 votes
Stephanie, the way you have written the parent information on this profile looks adequate for now since you have no other information yet (however, I would add what source brought you to the conclusion).  Until you have more proof of parentage, I would hold off on adding parents for Vernon--which it sounds like you are already doing :-)
answered by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (502k points)
+3 votes
Image is here

and what is weird is there's another one on the same page - SMYTH OR KNOTT.

I can only think maybe some registrars were doing the certs in a non-standard way and the indexers decided to treat them as ambiguous.

One possibility is that the father box is empty and the mother box has 2 names, but there's nothing to show whether she was ever married, or whether she had two names for some other reason.

Note there's no "surname of child" box.  The name in the first column is surname of father, if given, otherwise mother.
answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (345k points)

marriage for his parents comes under knight and tippett so really weird so i am presuming that her maiden name was tippett for now

That's in 1967, which is probably going to be the explanation - Vernon's mother was calling herself Knight in anticipation.
so that explains it as to why 2 surnames

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