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Dear Ms. Kelley,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Laws governing name changes depend on the state and time period. Requirements at the beginning of the 20th century may be vastly different than toward the end. We suggest you contact the state government of Louisiana or California to determine what laws governed name changes from 1910 and 1920.
For reasons for name changes, please read these unofficial articles:
- Types of German Surname Changes in America
- German-Americans during World War I
- Britain’s King George V changes royal surname
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!