I need to apologize to someone. I'm not sure who it is, so I'll post the apology on the blog and hopefully she'll read my comments. I was adamant that Olive's middle name was spelled "Mae." There has been a controversy in the family recently about whether Wayne's mom's middle name was spelled "Mae" or "May." I haven't ever seen Mother Osmond use the spelling of "May." On all the genealogy sheets she gave us she always spelled her middle name "Mae." Wayne even remembers her saying that her middle name was the same as Mae West.
Alan ordered his birth certificate and under his mother's name it says Olive Mae Davis. Someone ordered Olive's birth certificate and her middle name was spelled "May" on her birth certificate. The family has decided to go with the spelling of "May" on the brass plaque that is going to be displayed at the cabin where she was born. I love the spelling "May" because that's the month she and I were both born and on the same day!
Now I'm still wondering what the spelling is on her church records. Wayne's legal name has always been Melvin Wayne Osmond. That is how it is also recorded on the church records. A few years ago we ordered Wayne's original birth certificate so he could get into Canada for a show and his passport had expired. The birth certificate said his name is "Wayne Osmond." There isn't a mention of Melvin. That really excited him because he's never liked his real first name. His social security number, church records, passport and driver's license all say his name is Melvin Wayne Osmond so it would be a hassle to change it now. Besides that his parents wanted him to have the name Melvin Wayne Osmond.
I guess only Olive and her parents know the spelling for sure and I guess it really doesn't matter but because I've been involved in family history for the past 10 years and realize there are so many variations on most people's names I can't help but be curious. The general rule is that we use a primary source for the information. A birth certificate is a primary source so that's probably why they decided to go with the spelling of "May." Maybe Mother Osmond just liked the spelling of "Mae" better. I'll probably have to wait until the next life to find out for sure how she and her parents wanted it spelled.