Quoth Mary West:
> One more question that hadn't occurred to me til I read your reply -- if my m
> aiden name was Holms (found in 15th century London records) but my last husba
> nd was a Hollingsworth, would I be Vivien Holms or Hollingsworth? Would my la
> st name change with every new husband as it does in the modern world? Did any
> women use both names as in Vivien Holms Hollingsworth?
I've found no evidence for women using both their maiden surname and
their married surname at the same time (in pre-1600 England, that is).
However, it's quite reasonable to use <Holms> in some circumstances
and <Hollingsworth> in others. In the editions of the 1541 and 1582
subsidy rolls of London edited by R.G. Lang, there are many women
listed as <Mistress X> for which the editor has a footnote referencing
another taxation list where she is referred to as <Mistress Y>.
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