SURNAME CHANGES IN ONE FAMILY
It is not uncommon for changes in the spelling of names to creep into written records. Incorrect pronunciation can result in a change to the spelling of a name. Sometimes a change in a name can be intentional or be the result of deference to the community’s pronunciation of the name. Such were the cases in my family when my paternal great aunt’s son decided to change his surname from O’Sullivan to Sullivan and again in the case of my great grandmother’s maiden name Haveron which was written in a variety of ways such as Hafferon and Heffernan. My grandfather was a French Canadian whose given name was rendered either Hildelge or Eldage, perhaps in part the result of his Anglophones neighbours not realizing that a silent “h” preceded the first vowel.
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Posted in the Family Tree section is the family tree of Richard Skiller as it is presently known to Jean Skilling. Jean has excluded the seventh generation onward since many of that generation are still living. She is interested in communicating with any member of the extended family who may wish to share information with her. She welcomes enquiries from anyone with an interest in the Skiller/Skillen/Skilling descendents of Richard and Millis Skiller. Jean can be contacted at Jean.Skilling@blueyonder.co.uk. For anyone doing research in the Medway area of Kent, the Medway Council Archives Service can be accessed at: http://cityark.medway.gov.uk A Google search using “Cityark” should bring up the site. The original parish registers have been scanned and are all available online. Please see Family Trees on the main page for Richard Skiller’s Family Tree.