The American colonists created a character for their new country by introducing a huge variety of names.


Oliver T. Spedding

It’s interesting to note how lackadaisical people were in the early colonial period when it came to spelling their names.

William Shakespeare, for example, never spelled his name the same way twice in any of his surviving six signatures and his contemporaries were even more lax, providing us with a selection of eighty-three different spellings to…