I've written before about how the surnames Fitzharris and Fitzhenry were interchangeable in 19th century Ireland, especially in County Wexford.
But on the same day, indeed within a couple of minutes while you were registering the birth of your daughter?
I came upon this entry in the General Register Office of Ireland Register of Births for 1873 *.
January Thirtyfirst 1873, Ballygalvert [County Wexford, western side near the Carlow border]
Father: Moses Fitzharris, Ballygalvert, a farmer
Mother Anty [Anastasia] Fitzharris formerly Eustace
Informant: Moses Fitzhenry, father, Ballygalvert
Registered: February Twentythird 1873, James Rickesley, Registrar
The local registrar obviously didn't see this as a problem, but the Government official in Dublin obviously had a "Say what?" moment as evidenced by the rather surprised pencil swirl linking the 3 surnames.
Moses' other 7 children were all registered as Fitzhenry, and in the 1901 and 1911 censuses the family also appear as Fitzhenry.
* GROI reference: Index of the Register of Births 1873 Anne Fitzharris, New Ross, vol 4 page 985.
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