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Drive-By Mom questions when Anne Arundel lost her other "R"

At the busy Severna Park corner of B & A Blvd. and Jones Station Road, there is a steadfast reminder of a time gone by when we were not always, always in a hurry.  The Browse and Buy Shoppe.  I like to imagine for a nano second as I pass the rigidly rectangular, brick building, the calm and quiet travelers crossing there perhaps by foot or in the simple automobiles of an earlier 20th century. 

Other than the train arrivals and departures, perhaps the dirt or gravel roads provided the most noise. But in any case, everything moved SLOWLY in comparison to today's frenzy. How nice. With a closer look, I notice that on the sign,  Anne Arundel is spelled with two "r's". 

I googled Anne Arrundel with two "r's" and didn't get any easy information.  When did Anne lose her second "R" and why?  Are there two different branches of the family?  Can anyone fill me in on the history and mystery of the missing "R"?

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Stephanie Pietry February 09, 2012 at 08:24 PM
A closer look at the Browse and Buy Sign and what do you know? Arundel is spelled with 2 "L's" AND 2 "R's"! ARRUNDELL. I think a call to the Historical Society will solve this mystery.
Will Mumford February 14, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Fifty years ago, the founders of the county historical society decided to use one of ye old spellings for Anne Arundel as found in old documents rather than using Anne Arundel as we know it today. They selected Ann Arrundell to use for the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. In the old days, before dictionaries, clerks spelled as they pleased, hence we find in our old documents many interesting spellings which by the standards of today are misspelled. In my research of old documents I have found Anne Arundel spelled over twenty different ways. When I was president of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, I brought up the idea of changing the spelling of Ann Arrundell to the way we spell it today...but the Board wanted to retain the old spelling.
Will Mumford February 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
In the late 1980's a group from Anne Arundel County went to England specifically to study "the life and times of Lady Anne Arundel." We found that the Arundel's still spell their name with two l's, but only one r...Arundell. We had hoped to settle the correct spelling of her name issue when we visited her grave...but all the inscriptions, including her name, were in Latin! However, while visiting Hook Manor (where Anne Arundel and Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore II lived) Lord Talbert, the current owner, showed me a very ornate chess board that he said Anne Arundel had made for her mother. On the board was one square with a banner on which Anne had put her name...she spelled her name: "Anne Arundel"...so the county has it right and the historical society has it wrong, but the society's name does reflect one of the old spellings found on early documents... and that's why it is still spelled "Ann Arrundell."
Doug Donovan February 16, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Excellent! Thanks for the information. Very interesting. And thanks for blogging.
Abhiram Shivakumar June 05, 2013 at 08:48 AM
<a href="http://www.google.com">Good!</a>


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