Re: Do You Spell Your Name "LIVERGOOD"?
Years ago while researching into the Liebenguth family tree, my mother and I discovered there were variations on the same name. Liebenguth, Livingood, Liebengood, Livinguth, etc all stemmed from Livengudt or Livengut from Switzerland. Even that is a variation and you might also find the name of Liebengut or Liebengudt.
I know this isnt' much help, and might make things a bit harder, but it would explain some differences in census information during the period 1600 - 1930.
Most of the old world Germans who came to the states during that time period used the Fraktur alphabet, which has letters that resemble some letters in the English alphabet but are different. It helps if someone researches the original names first in the Fraktur alphabet and then compare with the other variations on the names. You'll then understand why the name changed over time. Especially considering some census takers didnt' understand Fraktur and some could barely read English very well or had difficulty spelling correctly or understanding some accents. Remember back then, there were a LOT of self taught or uneducated people living in remote areas. Some could barely write their own names legibly.