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17 February 2014

There Is A Reason Why You Can't Find "duh mop"

In many English language documents in the 19th century and before a double "s" is written in such a way that it resemble a "fancy" modern "p." Because of this some names with a double "s" on the end end up being transcribed as if they ended with a "p."

That's exactly why DeMoss is transcribed occasionally as DeMop.


  1. My first experience with the double S was with a census record showing many BAP families! Little did I know that was really BASS!

  2. Replies
    1. Good point. And now (because of my somewhat unusual sense of humor), I can't get the phrase "Look for 'duh mop' in the Mipipippi River" out of my head ;-)

  3. I have also seen "ss" look like two long "f" letters. Resulting in Russell transcribed as Ruffell.