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From: Ruth Aylett <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] name variations through the ages
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 19:22:38 +0000
The spelling of these names in the early period is very variable in my
experience. I have come across a lot of Joane for example - I don't know if
it was pronounced like Joan now or more like Joanne now. And then there is
Jeane which may be the same as Jane or the same as Jean, and Johan which may
be Johanna and so on.
I'm not sure whether in the end they were really different names or not.
on 30/11/09 18:45, at wrote:
> I was poking around the online Quaker records and decided to take a
> very long shot and see if a birth record exists for one of my
> earliest known ancestresses. it doesn't, but since I can search by
> given name, I tried different variations, first chosung Johanna
> which brought up just three women, then Joan which brought up around
> 15 and had earlier years, and finally Jane, which brought up around
> 25 hits and yet earlier years.
> these are records for the mid 1600's to the mid 1700's.
> do I suppose correctly, then, that Jane is the earliest created
> name? isn't Joan an older one? or are they of the same vintage? and
> is Johanna a newer variation? I find her by all three names in
> various records for her children. I'm wondering which is her correct
> given name.
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