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From: Gordon Banks <>
Subject: Re: English Naming Practices
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 16:38:10 -0800
I have seen this a couple of times, definitely. I'm not sure whether it
has to do with some legal reason the christened name can't be changed or
not, but I have two ancestors for which this occurred.
On Tue, 2004-01-13 at 14:16, Shawn Potter wrote:
> Does anyone know if a child born out of wedlock in England and given
> the unwed mother's maiden name at christening kept the mother's maiden
> name if the mother and father later married?
> I found an instance where this appears to have happened. A child of a
> single woman was christened, a quarter session record dated three
> months later names the child's father and mother, a marriage record
> dated two years later records the marriage of the child's father and
> mother, and the child's marriage record dated 19 years later indicates
> that the child kept the mother's maiden name.
> I imagine that it would have been more convenient for the family if
> the child had adopted the father's surname after the parents married.
> So, I wonder if there were ecclesiastical or civil regulations about
> maintaining the surname given at christening even under these