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26 September 2013

Eric Harmon or Eric Carmen?

After nearly twenty-five years, I learned that the singer I always "thought" was Eric Harmon was actually Eric Carmen. Is it possible that a census taker or record clerk "heard" your ancestor's last name incorrectly? A "silent" "h" is the cause here, but there are other letter combinations that can cause names to be heard incorrectly as well.

1 comment:

  1. In addition to not hearing names correctly, I'm reminded to a family record that showed a daughter named "Dan." Someone had seen a listing of children with a daughter shown as "dau" (meaning they didn't know the daughter's name) and thru the years it became Dan.