I married a "SLATON."The name is German.I don't think there is a right or wrong way to spell a name and there is probably no such thing as the ORIGINAL spelling.The correct way is the way that particular family spells their name.
My name is German, My parents were of German origin.The problem was the German immigrants came over here and the English speaking people could not spell the German names.The spelling was at the mercy of the tax collector, cencus taker or marriage licenses office.Schmit became Smith, Ludwig became Lewis. Schladen became SLATON, SLATEN, SLATTEN or just about anything else you can think of.
I have a SC deed book for 1826 that contains my name.In one paragraph my name is spelled four different ways and none of it they my name is spelled today.They were talking about my GG Grandfather.
This is really a problem in Georgia because most of the early settlers were German spealing people who came from Salzburg Austria.There are about 600,000 names of descendants and allied families.We know the problem one can have.Our Slaton family came from Virginia.