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How Edward Muggeridge became Eadweard J. Muybridge

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(Read caption) The man behind Monday's Google doodle, Eadweard J. Muybridge, was born Edward James Muggeridge. But he took a long route from his birth-name to the one on his gravestone.

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Eadweard J. Muybridge revolutionized photography, cinematography, and possibly even zoology. In his Google doodle on Monday, the search engine harkens back to his most famous work: a series of shots that capture the full gallop of a horse. Muybridge proved that, for a brief moment, all four of a horse's legs leave the ground.

The Monitor has dug into his breakthrough Zoopraxiscope and how Muybridge got away with murder. But there's another interesting aspect to Muybridge, one that makes him seem more like a fictional character than a real person. Muybridge constantly reinvented himself, adopting at least five different names.

The man that died as Eadweard J. Muybridge grew up in England as Edward James Muggeridge. His transformation took many steps.

Upon moving to California, the British photographer settled on a name that matched the Spanish influence of his surroundings: Eduardo Santiago. Both are direct translations of Edward and James. (The Catholic St. James is called St. Santiago in Spanish.)

He later changed his last name from Muggridge to Muygridge and eventually landed on Muybridge.

But about how Eadweard? It's pronounced the same way as Edward. So why the change?


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