Aelfhelm of York’s two wives

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Unknown-33861 and Mercia-31 are married to Aelfhelm of York and both have the same pre-name. I can’t tell by the two profiles if these two women are the same person. Can someone pre-1500s certified have a look at this?
WikiTree profile: Ælfhelm Mercia
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.7m points)
I would say same name - same person.

I keep coming back to that LNAB "Mercia" it is the name of a kingdom, surely "of Mercia" would be more appropriate?

Time I took a look to see if we do have a general naming convention for situations in which people did not customarily take a parent's name as LNAB.
The convention (as laid out by the European Aristocrats project) is to remove the preposition from the LNAB is such a case. Mercia in the LNAB and "of Mercia" in Current Last Name. It does take a little time getting used to.

I suppose it helps with the search indexes

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The profile is a bit mixed up. Wulfric was the name of his brother and his mothers name was Wulfun. The surname Mercia denotes the tribe and not an LNAB
by Living Daly G2G6 Mach 5 (51.5k points)
selected by Valerie Willis

Am living in hope that eventually we will recognize a difference in the use of a place name as a family name - and the use of a place name in the absence of a family name.

If anyone is really interested in a lady of Mercia in this period, I received notice just now of a brand new history by Tim Clarkson Æthelflæd the Lady of the Mercians (she was the daughter of King Alfred)

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