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Great Grandfather took wifes name

Great Grandfather took wifes name

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 6:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a great grandfather that seems to have taken his wife's maiden name when they were married. Any ideas on where to look for a reason.

Re: Great Grandfather took wifes name

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 7:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
As I remember, Marie Curie's husband took her maiden name when they married. You don't mention where or when your great grandfather married.

In some societies , and at some times in the past this happened. Also, in some areas, if the wife belonged to a famous family, the husband may or may not take her name, but the children would carry the mother's maiden name as a last name.

You need to look at the place and time when that happened and see if others were doing that and why.

On the other hand, it could be a clerical error in a particular document. If that is the case, then his own surname would show in other documents, such as on a death certificate.
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