1. Variant spellings include: Yoakum, Yokum, Yocum, Yocom, Jochem, Yocumb, Yochum, Yochumb, Yokem, etc.
Yoakum, Yokum, Yocum, Yocom, Jochem, Yocumb, Yochum, Yochumb, Yokem, Yokcum, Joggem, Jochem, Jochaim, Yocham, Youkum, Youcum, Yoackam, Yolkham, etc.
Names as spelled on these pages follow the spelling used in the cited records. Note that spellings used in such records may or may not be the spellings used by the individuals themselves. Census takers and other officials, in their infinite wisdom, had a proclivity for spelling names the way they thought they should be spelled.
This habit can lead to some erroneous assumptions. For example, in one census record all "Yoakum" families in one county are listed as "Yochumb"; in another county, all "Yoakum" families are listed as "Yocum". One might conclude that the spellings represent actual familial relationships...but in fact the spelling differences are simply a result of the spelling preferences of the individual census takers involved. It is probably wise to place no significance whatsoever on how the surname is spelled. - Bob Derryberry
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