[APG Public List] Newborn Given Temporary Name?

Valerie Stern wolawol at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 19:17:26 MST 2011

The wrong name, Frank Davidson Brown was put on my great uncle William
Arthur Brown's birth certificate in West Derby registration district,
England. The story was that it was done by a nurse "who was not a total
abstainer;" Frank Davidson had died a little prior to his birth and she got
the names mixed up!

Valerie Stern

On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM, <FamRSearch at aol.com> wrote:

>  We are so use to having our name assigned at birth and changing it taking
> a lawyer and court costs.  I have found that prior to 1900 (and maybe even
> after) people changed their names for a whole lot of reasons.
> I know my grandmother's birth name was Diamond  but she did not like that
> and used Opal and had her mother swear to Opal on a delayed birth
> certificate.
> My uncle was named Harry Maine Coldren Jr. but after his father left the
> family, he used Harold Max.  As far as I have found there were no paper work
> here.  I think he had his mother state that Harold Max was his correct name.
> I found a case in the manuscript file at NEHGS where A.A. Aspinwall was
> writing trying to fit a man into the correct family in his Descendants of
> Ezerkiel Mayne.  He was corresponding with the son of a man supposedly from
> Rennselear County.  He wrote that he could find no record of a
> "Robert Preston Maine" in Renneselear.  The man later wrote back that he had
> talked to his father and that the father was really "Samuel Deane Bishop"
> but when he moved to Albany [all of 50 miles from his home] he did want to
> be associated with his family because they were all drunkards.  So when he
> moved he started using a new name. There were no court records.  [Names were
> not correct because I do not have the papers in front of me.]
> As for having a child nameless for a couple of months, sometimes they
> wanted to be sure it would live.  I have seen children listed as "baby" for
> a while before a name shows up.  Cannot tell if they had the name all along
> and no one used it or if they could not figure out what to name the child
> and so just waited.  This was especially true if families who went to
> churches that did not practice infant baptism so there was no hurry to name
> the child.
> Julia Coldren-Walker
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