ESSEX-UK-L ArchivesArchiver > ESSEX-UK > 2002-03 > 1016053510
From: "Adrian C Whittaker" <>
Subject: Re: Another marriage question
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 21:06:16 -0000
Haven't come across the adoption of the wife's surname except in one modern
case where a very historic line (several hundred years in one landed estate)
was about to die out, but where the new husband adopted his wife's name to
keep the name going.
However I have, not infrequently, come across examples where one or more of
the children took the wife's maiden name as a middle name - it has happened
with my own ancestors in a couple of cases too.
Adrian C Whittaker, in Gravesend, Kent, searching for:-
FRAIL, in 17th/18th C Herts/Bucks/Middx, but also anytime, anywhere, and
WHITTAKER in 18th/19th C Essex and 19th/20th C London
I use Archive CD Books to help with my research
----- Original Message -----
From: "Noel Clark" <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 10:01 AM
Subject: Another marriage question
> If I may, another marriage question.
> I'm sure that in England in the 1800s it was "standard practice" for a
> married couple to continue with the husband's surname after marriage,
> and that this practice was followed in all cases. Certainly in my own
> family this was, to my knowledge, always the case.
> However, does anyone have any example of a couple adopting, say, the
> wife's surname? For example, if a young widow with children remarried -
> any chance of the couple continuing with her first-married surname so
> that the children, both existing and following, would all have the same
|Re: Another marriage question by "Adrian C Whittaker" <>|