Genealogists and family historians come across census errors in census transcripts as a matter of course. An interesting transcription of “Hornet Dicks” attracted the eye of one of our researchers this week. She was living with George Dicks in Wiltshire.
Surely her name could not be Hornet? We investigated further, and saw that the original rendered the name as follows:
What had clearly happened was that a sloppily written Harriet had been mis-transcribed as Hornet. Whilst not very clear, we do wonder how the transcriber came up with Hornet rather than Harriet!