A-Z Challenge 2019 – V is for Variants

AtoZ2019VSurnames are curious things, despite us all having one. A variant is deviation from the surname you are interested in. A number of members of the Guild of One-Name Studies have relatively few variants, others have a phenomenal amount.

For my studies, I have relatively few variants:

  • Orlando – variants are Orlanda and Orlande
  • Butcher – variant is Butchers

For those that heard me speak last week at #FamilyTreeLive will perhaps recall my mentioning the surname of Urlando. I have certainly mentioned it here previously and I have not made a further decisions on whether this a likely variant or not. I expect to though in the coming year.

Variants likely occur because of accents, the inability to know whether a name was spelt incorrectly or not.

I go into detail more during the Pharos introduction to One-Name Studies course and I also discuss the concept of a deviant surname.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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