Anne, Ann, Annie: One Needs to Clarify

When relatives have the same first and last name it is easy to get them confused. It is even worse when the name gets spelled or written in various ways.

In a recent blog post, I referred to Anne and Annie Murphy–sisters-in-law. To make matters worse, Anne signed her name as “Ann” in a document and I transcribed the document exactly as it was written.

To clarify in my discussion what I should have done was either used their maiden name Annie (Murphy) Neill and Anne (Brice) Neill or their husband’s name, Annie Neill (wife of Samuel) or Anne Neill (wife of Joseph) to distinguish them.