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02 September 2014

Name Split in Half?

Are there any of your ancestral surnames that could be "split" in various records and finding aids? Fitzgerald could easily have been entered as Fitz Gerald--two separate names with Fitz as a middle name and Gerald as the last name.

There are other names for which this is a possibility as well.


  1. Never thought of that. Something to look into

  2. What a coincidence -- I just wrote about an ancestor with the last name Jarrell who was probably part of the Fitzgerald family. Within the same document, they were called Fitzgerald and Garrell (also at times spelled Jarrell).