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Kate P
02-08-10, 11:32
Now I bet we've all come across some crackers in our time, but how about these from my tree for starters?

Sargeant:- any combination of a, e, r, g, and j you can imagine, plus Sarfant, Larfant etc, Seuphut(?!), Sapant.
Jemima:- any combination of vowels you like apparently, just chuck 'em in! Jamime, Jimame, Jammime etc.
Degg:- it's only four letter, can't be that bad, huh? Oh how wrong I was - Dagg, Digg, Higg, Hegg, Ogg, Dogg etc
Tunnicliff:- ha! One n or two?, one f or two?, i or e?, e on the end or not?

Come on, any favourites of your own out there?!

Kate x

Val wish Id never started
02-08-10, 12:09
I spent ages trying to find my George Tyler in 1861 finally found it under Angles ??????????? some mistranscription .

Kate P
02-08-10, 12:16
See, now I can totally understand that confusion, especially with a flowery script, all the letters lend themselves to the change recorded, I think, but the addition of the n is odder, though I suspect they've tried to shoehorn it in to fit what they think they're seeing.

moulie11
02-08-10, 12:27
Kate,

Your post brightened up my day that extra bit - it made me laugh. I guess it's the things like this that add to the challenge and make what we do even more interesting and dynamic...and possibly more amusing as well!

Kate P
02-08-10, 13:18
I must admit the sense of achievement when you finally find someone after searching high and low, using all the tricks you know etc, is sometimes tempered by a what the heck? reaction when I look at the (mis)transcription... and sometimes I'm not that polite either!

Helen Henderson
02-08-10, 13:22
My killer one was Tufft - fancy script on the enumerators book had this one transcribed as Fufft. My Moretons are another - a simple name but came out as Murton, Mooreton, Moorson, Marston and many others, and don't even get me started on my Garmstons! Still, it keeps the old research skills sharp!:D

holcan
02-08-10, 23:22
Kate
Nothing to do with the names problem. BUT I notice you quote a DEGG and a TUNNICLIFFE. I have both in my tree, I wonder if we are somehow linked.
Do you have a MERCY MOSS in your tree as well

Mary from Italy
03-08-10, 00:20
The best mistranscription I've found on Ancestry was a place name in the 1901 census, which read "Minto Slater". Turned out to be the United States.

borobabs
03-08-10, 00:47
Now I bet we've all come across some crackers in our time, but how about these from my tree for starters?

Sargeant:- any combination of a, e, r, g, and j you can imagine, plus Sarfant, Larfant etc, Seuphut(?!), Sapant.
Jemima:- any combination of vowels you like apparently, just chuck 'em in! Jamime, Jimame, Jammime etc.


Kate x

Hiya Kate , do you have a Shepherd Sargeant /Sargent in your tree , if so so do I ;;;

Babs

kylejustin
03-08-10, 07:00
haha, ive had morton as: martin, marton, and marshall! clementson: clemingson, clemminson, cleminson, etc. dove frequently as dore, powton as ponston and poulton, they can be a nightmare!

Jill on the A272
03-08-10, 07:32
Not in my tree, but I've come across a number of people born in Mexico according to the transcript - it should read Middlesex.

flashieboy
03-08-10, 07:57
I have an Adversity Brown in my tree.....surely that must be a mistransciption.......it is a very unsual christian name for the mid 1700's.

I often wonder if it should be Doversity.

Caroline
03-08-10, 08:21
The surname Lewcock gives lots of mistranscriptions, but when I found the family transcribed as Ineoh I was very pleased with myself!!

Right word shape but that was about all.

Kate P
03-08-10, 08:52
Holcan - if your family is from Staffordshire or surrounding areas, we are almost certainly linked somehow - Degg is a very limited name in numbers and distribution. PM me.

Borobabs - I don't have a Shepherd Sargeant no, Hephzibah is as exotic as it gets!

And as for Minto Slater, that's just brilliant - that wins for now!

Kate x

Durham Lady
03-08-10, 09:51
My HEAL family come out as Hill, Hale, Heel and Hall and the NORTHEY family as Worthy. I've a Richard who's shown as Michael on the 1881 census yet it's clear to see the name is Richard.

dicole
03-08-10, 11:09
Not in my tree, but I've come across a number of people born in Mexico according to the transcript - it should read Middlesex.
I have a whole bunch born in Somalia, instead of Martock Somerset. I guess SOM can be either !

Them's the Worners who had been transcribed variously as Womer, Warner, Warrener, Wornar, etc. Even Martock Somerset has about 15 variations in the 1881 census - Matlock, Marloc and Mattock.

Christine in Herts
03-08-10, 13:54
I have an Adversity Brown in my tree.....surely that must be a mistransciption.......it is a very unsual christian name for the mid 1700's.

I often wonder if it should be Doversity.

There was a time when it was really fashionable - possibly only amongst a particular group of very-protestant people - to use words like "Adversity" as given names. A very few still survive - like "Patience", "Prudence", "Faith", "Grace" and perhaps "Hope" and "Joy" were from then, too. "Charity" and "Mercy" are uncommon now, but more recognisable. Some seem positively bizarre, now: how about "Silence". "Temperance" was used in C17th, but I'm only aware of it now as the Christian name of the principal character in the Katy Reichs forensic whodunnit books.

I think there was an Ancestry of FMP newsletter which referred to a child called "Trouble"!

Christine

Christine in Herts
03-08-10, 14:24
This page shows names of some of the Pilgrim Fathers party:
http://www.shonamcisaac.com/0a67ae42-bbb1-33d4-d9f6-0692f455b9b4

including "Remember" (f), "Love" (m), "Humility" (f), "Desire", "Resolved" (m), ...

Christine

SORRY: this has wandered a bit off topic, but these are the kinds of names which are likely to be mistranscribed... and I was intrigued!

Mary from Italy
03-08-10, 14:50
Yes, I have quite a few similar names in my tree, including Virtue and Obedience.

Kate P
03-08-10, 16:42
These are great, I'm particularly loving Mexico for Middlesex! And 'Resolved' has a nice strong ring to it for a man too. If we're on the side subject of slitghty left-field first names I have a few 18th century Weslyans in my tree with names like Judith, Deborah and Jabez. Not all that unusual I suppose, but very defining in time.

Olde Crone Holden
03-08-10, 16:50
A virtue as a given name suggests Quakers to me.

OC

It_Is_I_Leclerc
03-08-10, 18:12
I think we've all had our share of howlers and ones that made us laugh:

My Foy family, 3 letters can't mess with that can they ? oh yes !! 1871 = Figh, 1881 Faley, 1891 they get it right, 1901 = Toy when they also miscribed Place of birth = Galergy, this got me exicted because I thought I'd discovered my GGF place of birth in Ireland, no such luck after many hours of searching for any place called Galergy it turns out be be Co. Galway !

Then some of my Lancashire born n bred, if you speak Lanky you'll get them straight away:
Places of birth Wiggin, Darren, Hollywood. or as they should state Wigan, Darwen and Hollinsworth

and to finish my GGGF Francis Eatough, went though most of his life on censii as Frances (I thought he'd had a sex change!) with a couple of Franks as well.

It makes life interesting though

L

Janet in Yorkshire
03-08-10, 19:00
A virtue as a given name suggests Quakers to me.

OC

Agree OC.
Inspector Morse ( of red jaguar & Oxford fame) was born to Quaker parents - his forename was Endeavour.

Jay