The name of the grantor should be stated In the deed, thongh some cases hold that the mere signing of the grantor's name is sufficient.101 If the grantor's name is mentioned in the deed, his signing the deed by a wrong name will not invalidate it102 The grantee in a deed must be made certain, and therefore it is generally necessary to name him, though a description of the person will be sufficient if it clearly designates who is to take; as, for instance, where the grantee is named by his office.103 A deed of land to a "neighborhood" is not sufficiently certain.104 The grantee may, however, be designated by an assumed name, though a deed to a fictitious not be given effect as an executory contract to convey unless there Is a sufficient consideration. Bayler v. Com., 40 Pa. St. 37. And cf. Gardner v. Pace ( Ky.) 11 S. W. 779.
101 Burge v. Smith, 27 N. H. 332; Elliott v. Sleeper, 2 N. H. 525; Catlin v. Ware, 9 Mass. 218; Lord Say & Seal's Case, 10 Mod. 40. And see Mardes v. Meyers, 8 Tex. Civ. App. 542, 28 S. W. G93. A deed signed, "A. B„ Executor," shows sufficiently that it is made in a representative capacity. Babcock v. Collins, 60 Minn. 73, 61 N. W. 1020. But see Agricultural Bank of Mississippi v. Rice, 4 How. 225; Peabody v. Hewett, 52 Me. 33; Harrison v. Simons, 55 Ala. 510; Adams v. Medsker, 25 W. Va. 127. When a husband conveys his life estate in his wife's lands, the fee will not pass by the wife signing the deed. Flagg v. Bean, 25 N. H. 49, 62, 63.
102 Middleton v. Findla, 25 Cal. 76. But cf. Boothroyd v. Engles, 23 Mich. 19.
103 Lawrence v. Fletcher, 8 Mete. (Mass.) 153. And see American Emigrant Co. v. Clark, 62 Iowa, 182, 17 N. W. 483.
104 Thomas v. Inhabitants of Marshfield, 10 Pick. (Mass.) 364. A deed to "A. B. Deceased Estate" is void for want of a grantee. Mclnerney v. Beck, 10 Wash. 515, 39 Pac. 130.
Person will not be good.105 A mistake in the name of a corporation which is to take as grantee will not make the conveyance void if the intended grantee can be ascertained.106 And where the grantee is uncertain, evidence is admissible to show which of several persons was intended to take,107 and parties to the deed are sufficiently designated by their first and last names without the use of a middle name;108 and so the addition of the word "junior" and "senior" are not necessary.109 It is usual to make some "addition" to the names of the parties in the deed, as by giving the residence. And in the case of a married woman the name of her husband is frequently added.