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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Use of John versus James

Nick & Carol asked:
Did men use the name John for the name James in the late 1800's and early 1900's? I am finding that the man I am researching was James when born, but using John on draft registraion, census, and marriage records

Olive Tree Answer: Hello Nick/Carol: The use of John for the given name James is not a standard exchange. James can be found as Jacob in the 17th and 18th centuries, and John can be found as Jack in the 20th century.

It is very possible that your ancestor had both names as a first and middle name - John James or James John. It is common to see first and middle names used interchangeably throughout a man's life (or a woman). It makes our research much more of a challenge!

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