Sebastian Stuber is my 6th great grandfather .why is our last name different

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Hi Linda

Hey - are you a member?  We cannot see what your last name is!

Could be several reasons the name is different:

He changed his name when he immigrated.

Someone else misspelled his name and it stuck.

He is not your direct paternal line.

He changed his name purposely for some reason we may never learn.

I have one line in which the spelling of the last name varies between generations - even within generations as one son spells it his way and another son selects a different spelling.

Probably some other reason, as well.

Can you give us some more details about Sebastian and yourself?

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Kristina did a great job with her response. I'd simply add that our ancestors weren't as fixed on a name's spelling as we are. Mark Twain’s autobiography gives us a sense of their views: 

"I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us."

If you haven't found variations of spellings for names, this probably means you haven't moved back very far along your tree. 

Best wishes in your hunt!

by Jim Wiborg G2G6 Mach 3 (39.0k points)

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