Drop that Initial “H?”

Some last names that begin with an “H” can easily be spelled or written without the “H.”

  • Hanson becomes Anson
  • Hoffman becomes Auffman
  • Holstein becomes Stein
  • and so on

Always remain open to the possibility that an initial letter could be dropped when written in a record or document.

One thought on “Drop that Initial “H?”

  1. Pamela Epple

    And if the name starts with a vowel, sometimes an H’ is added, as we found the name Epple in several different records and types of records as h’epple, sometimes in the same record series with epple (often not capitalized) so we needed to check under both letters in indexes and alpha lists that are often found at the end of each year in church ledgers.

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