Variants

Records

The Guild of One Name Studies defines a variant as:

... a name spelling which varies from the primary name spelling (or another variant spelling) used by that person's ancestors and which is:

A name spelling that the person was known to have used, through signature evidence on wills, marriage bonds etc or other documents originating from the individual concerned, or

A name spelling used by officials on a consistent and persistent basis over a period of years".

A reason for this may be that the name has several different varient spellings - our ancestors did not always know how to spell (if they could write!) their own names correctly.

Sometimes a person’s name would appear differently on the birth certificate, the marriage certificate and the death certificate and indeed, on a census record if the enumerator misheard the surname perhaps because of a dialect.

By using NAMEX technology 41 surnames matched with Windlow including:

Surname
Match Score
Windlo
98
Windloe
94
Wyndlow
94
Windelow
89
Windlaw
85
Windley
79
Winlow
78
Windlar
75

 

Soundex Matches produced 611 surnames - code W543, (too many to list), while Metaphone matches produced 7 surnames Code: WNTLW - Wandlow, Wendelow, Wendlow, Wentlow, Windelow, Windlaw and Windleow.

I will concentrate my initial study to Windlow, and 5 variants:
Windlaw, Windley, Windlo, Winlow and Wyndlow using the available data.