The use of an alias was a particularly strong practice in many of the
Cornish mining districts, where there were concentrations of the same
surname and many with the same christian name. In order to differentiate
one Tom Richards from the other 6, 7 or 8, it would be Tom Richards, als
Ginger. The name generally referred to physical characteristics rather than
family connections, or locality. This practice was so firmly entrenched
that the Breage PRs often note both names for individuals.