One of the reasons that there are so many variations in the spellings of names is that many people prior to this century were illiterate. Person A (who could neither read nor write )would tell Person B (who could read and write) his name. Person B would then spell it the way it sounded to him. Brothers and cousins would tell different persons, with each one spelling it however he thought it should be. This same pattern followed with immigrants, with the immigration officials spelling names phonetically. Hence, different spellings within the same family.
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