Anderton Surname Variant Spellingsby Adrian-Philip Pearson
Surnames do not have fixed spellings, and it is a serious mistake in genealogy to think "this canít be my family because the name is spelt differently". Historically speaking, it is only recently that the population in general has become literate. When documents were written down, people wrote what they heard so the name could vary according to regional pronunciation. Take my motherís family who are now Rudducks with a U. They were Ruddocks with an O at the time of my great grandfather. Going back further it was more difficult to find my great great grandfather's brothers as one was written as Ruddick with an I and the other Ruddack with an A on the 1881 census!
With the Anderton surname it is a little more complicated. As everyone who bears the name will know, it is spelt incorrectly very often even today. The great tendency being to change it into Anderson, a much, much more common, but completely different name.
On trying to search for Andertons, particularly on the 1881 census of Great Britain, how many of them will have had their name transcribed incorrectly?
Here is a list of similar names with the number of people who bear that name on the 1881 census:
View the Distribution Map of the Anderton Surname for the 1881 Census.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions about variants of the Anderton surname or has come across any stories relating to confusing of the Anderton surname I would be pleased to hear from them.
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