Re: Brothers Spell Their Name Differently


I suspect this is rather common.  One reason may be that the names were often transliterated from Cyrillic.  

My mother's family used the spelling ZLATES in the early 1900s and then SLATAS, continuing to this date.  Her mother's family used SANKTIN and then SANCTON to current times.  My father's original name was SLONIMSKY (though his birth certificate is misspelled as SLOMINSKY).  When he and his brothers changed to SLOAN, one spelled it SLOANE.  

I would use the spelling that each person uses.  Links to parents and siblings will show that they are one family.

Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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