My grandmother was from Platts Bridge, near Wigan, England. When she was
a small child, she immigrated to the United States.
Throughout her entire life, she was called Nellie by everyone (family,
friends, school officials). When she was an older adult, she had to
provide documentation so that she could register for Social Security. It
was then that she learned that her name was not Nellie. Her actual name
When she researched how her name had been changed, it was an interesting
story. It seems that as a child, she looked like her Aunt Nellie so the
family started calling her Little Nellie, or Nel. They never called her
Ellen but always "Nellie; therefore, she thought that was her name. It
was a natural assumption but quite wrong. Her name was completely
different: Ellen Berry.
Throughout the rest of her life, she continued to use the name Nellie.
It may not have been her given name but it was the one with which she
was most comfortable.
I hope this helps.
Synthia - Greece
From: JannCrr(a)aol.com [mailto:JannCrr@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 11:01 PM
Subject: [LAN] Re: Jinny
O.k. we can all understand why Jinny came from Jane or some variation,
can anyone tell me how Mary Brigid can become Kathleen? Also, as I
it, sometimes younger children have been given the same name as an older
who had previously died but has anyone heard of two children being given
same first name when both children are alive?
My mother's birth certificate has her named Mary Brigid but she was
Kate when she was in Ireland and Kathleen when she moved to England. I
I only found out her real name when I got her birth certificate after
died. My aunty Maureen (real name Mary Margaret) was born 3 years
before my mum
and is still alive today. My mum's marriage certificate has her name as
Kathleen:- does that make her marriage legal????? (no other name or
Another confusion is that both my mum and my aunt celebrated their
on the wrong dates!! Mum celebrated 23rd Feb, real birthday 21st Feb.
Maureen celebrated 27th May, real birthday 21st May. Maybe my relations
the queen and have two birthdays or more likely the answer lies in the
that they were born in Ireland. But it makes my research a LOT harder.
Jannet Creer (at least I think so)!!!
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