Irregular Use of Maiden Surnames

It is a common practice for mothers of children, when registering births, to sign the entry with their maiden surname.

Cases have also frequently come under notice where in death entries deceased widows are registered under their maiden name, instead of their married name, the maiden name having been resumed on the death of the husband.

The Registrar of Tuam No. 2 further reports that in some cases in his District the mother’s maiden surname is used by the children, instead of the father’s, as—“John Keane,” real name— “John Dunne.”