Reversed Census Names?

Did the census taker reverse the first and last names? It can happen with anyone, but the possibility increases if the individual’s name is in a foreign language and they are a recently arrived immigrant. This man’s name was Focke Meyer, but he was listed as last name Focke and first name Myer.

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5 thoughts on “Reversed Census Names?

  1. Judy Kurtz

    This is exactly what happened to one of my families! The wife and children were then listed with the husband’s first name as their last name! It took quite a bit of checking to reassure myself I was correct.


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