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Naming Orphans in 19th Century England

The setting is in an alternate universe England in the 19th century.

Basically, my character is one who grew up in an orphanage. She doesn't have a clue as to where she came from or who her parents were, much less what her parents would have named her. So, how did orphanages back then name their wards? I have a first name for her - I'd assume they choose whatever first name - but what about a family name? Were they even given family names at all?

I Googled "how are orphans named" and I get mostly results about modern day orphans. I went more specific and added "nineteenth century England orphan naming" and got nothing. I even went general and looked into "Orphans in nineteenth century England" and the information was mostly about orphanages, how orphans were raised, why children were left at orphanages, etc., but nothing about naming them.

Any help would be great. Thanks!

EDIT: Wow, I'd reply to every one but I ended up getting lots of responses! xD Thanks for the help, everyone. I think I have enough information to go one now.
Tags: 1800s (no decades given), uk: history: victorian era, ~custody & social services, ~names
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