Posted by Cheryl on March 16, 1998 at 12:10:19:
In response to Mobility, written by Carolyn B on March 16, 1998 at 08:13:53
] And if they lost their fortunes and had to rent their estates to admirals and move to Bath.... (but that's another story)
hee hee.... it is indeed! ;-)
] I think changing one's name nowadays involves so much paperwork that we're less likely to do it than people were in the past. And it's the name-changing and multiple spellings of a name that make historical research so challenging.
I was surprised by all the name-changing; I always there was a great deal of pride associated with one's family and name, but I suppose only if that family was wealthy or aristocratic. It seems the name-changers all did so in conjunction with an inheiritance... So I suppose that if the price was right, what's in a name? ;-)
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