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Subject: Re: popular names 1880-1920
Author: Pie   (Authenticated as Pie)
Date: September 17, 2011 at 8:49:36 AM
Reply to: popular names 1880-1920 by Norah Namenerd
-er and -a are virtually identical in most parts of England, too. Those sorts of phonetic spellings happen in England even now, and I'm pretty sure they're not deliberate. Quite recently I saw a girl in the paper listed as 'Natasher'.

I just searched Victorian birth records for England & Wales and found several 'Lear's with female middle names. Also, several Ethers, and a couple of 'Etherline's and 'Etherlinder's, which suggests an etymology.

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