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Birth certificate question

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Tracy Report 29 Jul 2013 23:41

Sorry if this is a silly question ... What does it mean on a birth certificate if it says the mothers name then says 'late' Doran 'formally' Leonard ...which one is her name on her birth certificate?

Thank you


brummiejan Report 29 Jul 2013 23:44

That's a bit unusual!
Maybe if you tell us who this is and when - assuming no longer living - somebody might be able to help. Is there a father?


CarrieJ Report 29 Jul 2013 23:54

It normally means the mother was previously married, so its her previous married name and her Maiden name


CarrieJ Report 29 Jul 2013 23:56

Formerly would be her Maiden name


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Jul 2013 00:53

was it "formally" or "formerly" on the certificate???

They do mean different things.


LindaB Report 30 Jul 2013 02:52

I have a birth cert for OH's gt grandfather and it states mother name late and formerly (spelling).

I do know that the "formerly" name was 2x gt mother's maiden name...she had been married twice.



CupCakes Report 30 Jul 2013 08:09

My great aunt was married 3 times. I have just looked at one of her children's certs to be sure I've got it in the correct order.

The birth cert should start with the name the mother is using at the birth, usually a married name.

The late name is a husband that died and formerly is her maiden name.

In your case Leonard would be the birth/maiden name.

Hope that helps :-)


MarieCeleste Report 30 Jul 2013 08:35

Hello Tracy, welcome to the boards.

The site on this link explains about the information on birth (and other certificates). It's very useful when trying to decipher the information:


Reggie Report 30 Jul 2013 09:19


It would mean that she had been married more than once....

BUT.....the word is not 'formally' is 'formerly'

Look for her marriage to the child's father..................

'late' does not mean that her first husband had died.............she could have been divorced..........merely that there had been a previous husband

The easy way to answer your question is to look at the birth registration on the GRO index..........the mother's maiden name will be the one recorded on the index


Tracy Report 30 Jul 2013 09:42

Thank you I do apologise after looking at the writing again it is 'formerly' I couldn't read it properly.

Thank you again :-)