In thousands of records I have found a very high degree of consistency in UK in spelling the name with an initial Y. I have met the odd exception, and provided there is sufficient other information to identify the individual, I would not let interchangeability worry me though of course index searching is more awkward. As the name was frequently written down by a second party hearing the spoken version, it is perhaps not surprising that such differences should exist. Can it be the case that US pronunciation in the particular areas concerned is more likely to have given rise to the high proportion of Earwoods???
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