The Maitland branch that I and my cousin, Steven Paul are searching, descendents of Daniel Maitland and Jean Buchanan, switch between Maitland and Maiklem as the surname.
Two og my gg grandfather's son birth record shows the name Maiklem while the rest use Maitland. Steven found what we believe is the death record of Jean Buchanan, the name on the record is Jean Maiklem and information was given by her daughter, Marion Maiklem.
I did a quick search at familysearch.org on Maiklem and the results showed that they were primarily in Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire with some additional ones showing up in Lanarkshire. It seems there are too many for it to be transcription errors and it seems to be focused in a small area of Scotland.
Has anyone else discovered this challenge? Can anyone explain the variation?