Names aliases nicknames etc

By any other name

What’s in a name? All of us know someone who isn’t called by their ‘proper’ name, and we may prefer a nickname or shortened name for ourselves. A ‘Jackie’ might prefer to be called Jacqueline, while another Jacqueline hates their full name. And it gets worse when we turn to surnames, and people who have aliases, bynames or ‘also known as’. Simple spelling variations fade into translations or creations and vary between cultures. Why do some people have two surnames? Why and how do people change their names?

Gillian (not Gill) Stevens and others will share some of the variations they’ve come across and go into more detail in how to deal with those troublesome ancestors who don’t seem to know who they are.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is now essential, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event.

This event will include a short annual branch meeting to receive a brief on the year’s activities and to elect the branch comittee and representative for the coming year.

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact


Wed 15 May


19:15 for a 19:30 start
19:15 - 21:30




Computer Branch Webinar
Computer Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference


Computer Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Gillian Stevens
    Gillian Stevens

    A veteran family historian, Gillian has worked closely with the Federation of Family History Societies, Findmypast and The National Archives enabling her to build an impressive experience of archives and their accessibility. She is an experienced tutor of beginner family history courses and also runs workshops for more experienced researchers on family history websites and wills and probate, to name but a few.

    Gillian has a degree in Business Studies and a City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has served regular five year terms as a trustee of Berkshire Family History Society since 2007 and chairs the society’s Computer Branch. She also facilitates discussion in an informal monthly natter group and helps researchers who require more technical assistance with their family history research as part of a ‘Tuesday evening team’.