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Baptism and Birth Certificate is different

New Zealand
I have found the baptisms of three boys on the 22 Aug 1880 at Saint Luke's, New Kentish Town. They are William Edward COOPER born 27 Jul 1869 Father William Henry COOPER Mother Harriet, James Samuel DICKS born 25 Sep 1873 Father James DICKS Mother Harriet, Arthur Henry DICKS born 1 Dec 1876 Father James DICKS Mother Harriet. I sent for the birth certificates of William and Arthur and the parents on both certs are William Henry COOPER and Harriet nee HODGES. William married as William Edward DICKS in 1890 and emigrated to NZ in 1907 he only used the surname DICKS in NZ. Is there any way of proving William Edward COOPER and William Edward DICKS are the same person.



Researching Dicks, Cooper, Hodges, Balls or Ball, Linnell
Jun qtr 1860 - Pancras
William Henry Cooper
Harriet Hodges
1871 -
James Cooper 28 Hamps (Winchester?)
Harriet 28 Msx
Caroline 5 Pancras
William 1 Pancras
Maria Hodges 68 mother
1881 - 212-108-28

Harriet Cooper 39 Pancras married
William H 11 Pancras
James S 7 Pancras
Arthur H 4 Pancras
Alice M 1
James Dicks 39 boarder Nthamps married
Caroline Cooper 15 Visitor Pancras

Mar 1890 - Pancras 1b 164
James Dicks
Margaret Packer
1891 - 133-127-55

James Dicks 45 Brockwall Nthamps
Margaret 45 Montgomery
John 12 Pancras
Alice 10 Pancras
Thomas 9 Pancras
Albert 8 Pancras

It would appear that James and Harriet are both the same people but for some reason James changed his name
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Yes we have a copy of church marriage and the census records in the 1891 census Arthur is living with William and his new wife and I was searching for his birth in the London Parish BDM's on Ancestry when I found these baptisms it was a shock because we were told that there had been a spelling change to the Dicks surname from Dix, not a compleatly different name. Caroline COOPER in the 1871 and 1881 census is William Edward's full sister. I am still trying to find her baptism I think I have found her civil registration in the Dec Quarter 1865. Thanks for the replies I am about 95% sure they are the same person we do not know William's birthdate yet I have a couple of places to try in NZ.

All the best