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From: Francis Hardy-Birt <>
Subject: Re: Personnel Records
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 07:20:39 +1000
I also heard this from my mother. An uncle of hers was registered Henry
George MANSEL (christened Henry Charles, but called Harry) and went to
work for Harvey Nicholls in their Gent's Dept. There was already a Harry
there so he was called Spencer instead.
This seems to mean that in Harvey Nicholls (at least) it was more an
informal naming based on the first names, rather than a company enforced
name change of family name.
HA-RDY in NTT & DEV / BI-RT in GLS & MDX / FO-OK in DEV & MDX
PRIT-CHARD in GLS / MO-RRIS in GLA / MA-NSEL in GLA / DA-VIS in KENt /
BA-KER in KENt
Rosemary Smith wrote:
> My mother, who is 90, said that when working in the 1920s at a large London
> store it was
> the policy for a person starting to work for the firm to change their
> surname if there was already an employee of the same surname working there.
> I am not sure how they chose their new names but apparently some took the
> name of the streets they lived in. Was this standard practice or was it the
> idea of managers who referred to every employee by their surname only? The
> records could be confusing for family historians!
> Rosemary Smith
> Cardiff, UK
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