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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-05-10 03:12 PM
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3. Spelling tended to be pretty variable and a lot of it has to do with literacy
if your ancestor was illiterate then odds are that his name was transcribed as heard by someone keeping records; and 'Courtney' as pronounced in a southeastern English accent could conceivably be transcribed as 'Cotney' (the accent of the southeast of England is what's known as 'non-rhotic'; R is only pronounced where it immediately precedes a vowel sound...think of the stereotypical 'old southern' Charleston/Savannah accent, for instance).
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