What are the Most Unusual Spellings You've Seen?

As one-name studies go, we have a huge advantage over surnames like "Smith" or "Jones," but we also have a lot of variant spellings, all of which are welcome.
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Daniel S. T.
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What are the Most Unusual Spellings You've Seen?

Post by Daniel S. T. » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:31 pm

I was searching for something about Thomas Bromflete and hit this Google Books item titled The Dormant and Extinct Baronage of England, Volume 2. The OCR scan of a page interpreted "Lancelot Threlkeld" as "Lancelot Threlkelp".

Yep, as in seaweed.

I thought there is no way there was ever the spelling "Threlkelp" actually used, so I headed over to Ancestry and did a search on nothing but the exact spelling of the last name. You guessed it. 5 results! The truly weird thing is that one of them was a mistaken transcription error from the US Social Security Administration for someone who is in my own Threlkeld branch! Top off the error, his father's name is shown to be, on the same Ancestry record, "Threhkeld".

So what's the most unusual spelling you have come across?

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Re: What are the Most Unusual Spellings You've Seen?

Post by Daniel S. T. » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:06 pm

Just read viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14. And i think Thyrkyll and Trikkeld may qualify as unusual spellings.

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