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From: John Crowley <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] 25/25 match - different surname -- or major spelling ortranslation change over time
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 20:05:40 -0500
In-Reply-To: <01c801c3a588$e3e4bde0$0401010a@Home2>

There were four spellings of our surname among my grandfather's
brothers. The two oldest (legitimate) boys spelled the name Croley. My
grandfather spelled it Croley as a young man, and Crowley when he was
older. It appears as Crollie on his younger brother's marriage license.
It appears as Crawley on the same brother's death certicate. My own
father spelled it Crowley in Georgia and Crawley in Florida.

In a local cemetery, there are four brothers with their surname spelled
differently on each tombstone.

John Crowley

-----Original Message-----
From: Gaila & James Merrington [mailto:]
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 6:43 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] 25/25 match - different surname -- or major spelling
or translation change over time

I believe looking historically at surnames and even spelling it was
1840's before the concept of spelling a name in one "correct" way was
practice. Prior to this time, people understood variant spelling could
the same person. So about 150 years ago, this concept of "correct
for names came into practice. Anthropologically speaking that was an
nanosecond ago.

> Eleanor:
> A very good point. My own germanic Kerchner surname was misspelled in
> some records as Carrichner and translated in some records to
> Here is a help page I wrote several years ago regarding spelling and
> translation changes involving German surnames:
> Charles

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