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From: "Jenny De Angelis" <>
Subject: Re: Pharoah in Essex
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 11:52:33 +0100
I am aware of how surnames and first names were swapped around, I have the
same sort of thing in one or two of my own families.
When I suggested that the biblical names could perhaps point to the religion
of the family it was just an idea which I thought was worth thinking about.
As the particular events looked for could not be found in the PRs of the
parish church then it is always a good idea to check the registers, where
available, of other denominations to be sure you have not overlooked the
I mentioned Quakerism because they are one of only two religions allowed to
marry in their own way rather than having to marry in the Church of England.
Quaker records are not always readily available in the IGI and other
indexes, such as Boyd's that was mentioned in the original message. Nor are
these records always held at the county archives.
My Gt. Grandparents were both baptised in the church of England in County
Durham & Northumberland but they married in a methodist church in 1856. They
followed that by having some children baptised as methodists and others as C
of E. People did chop and change their form of worship to suit the current
fashion at times, though this would probably not be allowed within the
Quaker religion. It is always worth considering the records of other
denominations just in case your family decided to make a change and try
another way to worship.
> It is an intriguing thought of yours but I am not sure that those
> particular Christian names will help to identify religious beliefs.
> Pharoah was not uncommon as either a surname or Christian name in old
> West Yorkshire, where both were sometimes swapped around and you might
> find two persons with names transposed i.e. Pickles Priestley and
> Priestley Pickles, Feather Ogden and Ogden Feather. I have recorded a
> number of Pharoah Feather entries