On my parents’ application for marriage license (left) my mother’s name (Julitta) is spelled Joy. My father’s surname (Schwans) is spelled Swans. Was this done intentionally? My parents were married in 1939, a year before they told anyone.
One reason for the secrecy is that my mother was working for the Works Progress Administration and would have lost her job as a married person. Another factor may have been that my mother was Catholic and my dad was not. But they were married for over 47 years before my father passed away. I guess a little misspelling was not a legal complication!
Names on the marriage certificate (below) are spelled correctly.
Certificate of marriage