Re: Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Stephen Weinstein

On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 07:15 AM, Carl Kaplan wrote:
looking at records for his newly discovered siblings show various spellings of the surname, Hoffort and Hoffart. Given they all lived in NYC, I am curious if anyone has ever heard WHY this happened.  I know this is common, and there are many transliterations of a name from Yiddish, but I have never heard any reasons why various members of the same immediate family chose different spellings.
The correct answer is

 Because each person decided individually how to spell it; there was no need or reason for consistency.

However, I think we should go back to doing it for the following reasons:

1. So that when mail comes addressed to Mr. so-and-so, with only a surname and no given name, we know who should open it.

2. So that genealogy doesn't become so easy that it is no long challenging enough and becomes boring.

3. So that collection agencies won't be able to find and harass the relatives of anyone who didn't pay their credit card bill or other debts.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

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