Wednesday, February 22, 2012

8. Spelling the surname O'Neill

      You will notice the Bible spells the name as O'Neail, Hugh's headstone is O'Neill, several branches use O'Neil, and some even use O'Neal. Eighteenth and nineteenth century spelling was flexible and no one thought much about it.
      Only in the 20th and 21st centuries do we make a issue of it. I say let's not--blood is more important than ink!

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