The stories of several Titanic passengers and crew who travelled under an assumed name.
August Edvard Andersson (sailed as August Wennerström)
August Andersson was a Swedish journalist who was emigrating to America ostensibly to escape the adverse consequences of his outspoken socialist political writings. To conceal his identity he adapted the last name of his friend Ivar Vennerström.
George Andrew Brereton (travelled as George Arthur Brayton)
One of the professional gamblers who routinely travelled under pseudonyms.
Erik Gustaf Lind (sailed as Edward Lingrey)
Erik Lind (aka Åkerlind, Linderberg-Lind) boarded as Edward Lingrey to conceal his identity from a loan shark and his ex-wife...
Charles Richard Fardon (boarded as Charles Franklin)
Fardon was travelling to Canada and boarded under the pseudonym Charles Franklin, the reasons are unknown, but he had told his fiends he intended to travel under this guise. It has been speculated that he had abandoned his blind wife...
Harry Homer (boarded as E. Haven)
One of the professional gamblers.
David Livshin (boarded as Abraham Harmer)
The reason David Livshin boarded under the name Abraham Harmer is unclear. It has been speculated that Abraham Harmer did exist and that Livshin bought the ticket from him.
Richard May (boarded as John Adams)
Richard May travelled under the name John Adams. The reason is not known but there is speculation that he was fleeing a failed relationship.
Berthe Antonine Mayné (boarded as Mme de Villiers)
Berthe Mayne was a Belgian cabaret performer. She was travelling with her lover Quigg Baxter; but in her own first class stateroom, C-90, under the pseudonym. "Mrs de Villiers."
Michel Navratil (Louis M. Hoffman)
Navratil was taking his two sons away from his estranged wife, he used the pseudonym of Louis M. Hoffman.
Alfred Nourney (Baron von Drachstedt)
Nourney boarded the Titanic under the pseudonym Baron von Drachstedt; probably in an act of self-aggrandizement.
Charles Hallace Romaine (travelled as C. Rolmane)
One of the professional gamblers.
Andrew John Shannon (Lionel Leonard)
Shannon was one of several American Line crew forced to travel as passengers on account of the coal strike in 1912. His reasons for using the name Lionel Leonard are a mystery.
Elizabeth Anne Wilkinson (Mrs Faunthorpe)
Lizzie Wilkinson was a married woman travelling as the wife of another man, Harry Faunthorpe.
James Carter (signed on as W. Ball)
Mr James Carter, a fireman was reportedly born in Berkshire, England. Almost nothing else is known about him and the reason he signed onto the Titanic as W. Ball is unknown.
Robert Barnhouse (boarded as Charles Barnes)
The crew member who signed on as Chas Barnes was probably a man named Robert Barnhouse. This identification stems from the fact that his father George Barnhouse succeeded in obtaining compensation for his son's death. If the story is true the reason he boarded under a different name remains a mystery.
Albert Briant (brother of Arthur, board as Michael Stafford)
Albert Briant habitually signed on to ships under the name Michael Stafford, the reason why is not known.
Arthur Briant (brother of Albert, boarded as Arthur Morris)
Arhtur Briant signed on to the Titanic as A. Morris. The reason why is unknown.
Charles Frederick Blades (signed on as F. Allen)
Blades mother was unmarried and he spent much of his childhood with his maternal grandmother and her second husband John Allen. Perhaps this explains why he tended to go by the name Frederick Allen.
Henry Reginald Lee (boarded as Frank Martin)
Henry Lee's reasons for signing on as F. Martin are unknown.
John Brown Niven (signed on as J. McGregor)
J. McGregor was in fact John Brown Niven born about 1882 at 13 Ferrier Street, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.
William Henry Rattenbury (signed on as W. Henry)
Frederick Reeves (F. Smith)
Frederick Reeves boarded under the name F. Smith, the reason is not known, but Smith was his step-father's surname and Frederick had gone by that name previouly in the 1911 census.
Philip Charles T. Rentowl (S. Sullivan)
Philip Rentowl's reasons for signing on as S. Sullivan are unknown.
Elizabeth Anne Grierson-Kerswell (née Franklin) boarded as Annie Robinson
Annie Robinson may have been a professional name, it is - so far - not established that Annie was ever married to a Mr Robinson.
Christopher Shulver (boarded as J. Dilley)
Shulver had a history of petty crime, and it is possible that his reason for signing on under the name J. Dilley is in some way connected.
Harry Thorn (signed on as H. Johnson)
Albert White (Morrell)
Morrell was the name of White's mother's second husband whom she married when White was 10.
Rowland Winser (signed on as George Evans)
Winser's reasons for signing on as George Evans are unknown.
William Worthman (W. Jarvis)
Wothman's mother had remarried to a Thomas Jarvis in 1886 and it may be this connection that prompted him to use the pseudonym William Javis when he signed on to the Titanic.
AcknowledgementsPeter Engberg, Sweden
Gavin Bell, UK