|The long "Humphrys" tradition
It turns out the spelling of our surname has a long history:
The spelling "Humphrys" may reflect the original Welsh origins. It was pronounced "Hum-friss" or "Um-friss" in Co.Limerick. Alfred O'Rahilly said the Humphrys family didn't like that pronunciation and preferred to pronounce it the more standard "Hum-frees". Even today, though, despite the Limerick family changing to the spelling "Humphreys", it is still pronounced locally as "Hum-friss" or "Um-friss"
When in 1985 I found out about the old name, I liked it, and just started spelling my name that way. I changed my name officially by deed poll in 1988. No one else in my family changed, so I spell my name different to my brothers. I did surprise my father by discovering that his father was born "Humphrys" in 1896.
My children use the spelling "Humphrys", so I have started a whole new branch of the tree with this spelling.
The grave of my great-great-great-great-grandfather William Humphrys (died 1792 or 1799), showing the old spelling.
The grave of my great-great-great-grandfather John Humphrys, showing the old spelling.
The grave of my great-great-grandfather James Humphrys (died 1899), showing the old spelling.
Letterhead of my great-granduncle Mick Humphrys, 1902.
Letterhead of Mick Humphrys, 1919.
Tiled floor at the door of Mick Humphrys' pub, 81 Dame St, Dublin.
Grave of my grandfather's 1st cousins, showing the old spelling.
Flyer for the pub of my grandfather's 1st cousin.
However then the marriage cert 1895 shows the old spelling.
Dr. David had been baptised with the old spelling in 1861.
The birth cert of my grandfather Dick, 1896, shows the old spelling.
1898 telegram shows the new spelling.
The birth cert of my grandaunt Sighle, Feb 1899, shows the new spelling.
The will of Richard Rahilly's widow, 1903.
Think this is a transcript rather than the original, but either way it shows someone confused about whether to use the old spelling or the new spelling for her daughter Nell.
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