Whenever I watch The Terminator, these days, Arnie is searching for Sarah Connor (phone book listings etc.). But I'm sure that, years ago, her name was Sarah Conner. Was there a name change at some point?

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    Can you point to a single place where the name was ever "Conner"? (You can check out the credits for the movies and TV show on IMDb.)
    – DavidW
    Feb 17 at 22:47
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    @Dave Gremlin - When you say you might've heard the name was changed for later releases, what specifically do you mean by "later releases"...? Blu-ray releases? DVD releases? VHS releases? TV airings? Theatrical showings? Trying to establish how far back we need to go to establish whether such a change did or didn't occur. Feb 17 at 23:07
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    @PaulD.Waite I think it was when Arnie runs his finger down the list of Connors in the phone book, but that doesn't seem right because there would be have to be more than one Sarah Conner, which would be really odd! Feb 18 at 11:11
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    I there only was a world wide computer network allowing us to gather information… youtube.com/watch?v=2wNTIPaBbPI&t=24s
    – Holger
    Feb 18 at 12:23
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    The simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Seems obvious that it was originally "Conner" with an 'e', as you remember, from the original timeline in which Judgement Day happens. Changing history obviously created harmonics which echoed further into the past, changing the spelling, but leaving your memory intact. Congratulations on making out of that timeline.
    – JesseM
    Feb 18 at 18:06

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Sarah was certainly Connor (with an O) in the original film treatment, written several years before the first draft screenplay and dated July, 1982.

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This hasn't changed by the time the 4th draft screenplay was written in March, 1984.

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Aside from Internet OCR failures, there don't appear to be any references to her as Sarah Conner (with an e) in any of the official documents.

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    @DaveGremlin - I'm having a hunt around to see if she was ever mis-named on anything official.
    – Valorum
    Feb 17 at 23:05
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    Mandela Effect here: I had the same notion for years
    – Danny Mc G
    Feb 17 at 23:37
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    @DannyMcG - There's plenty of online scripts and copies where there's been an OCR fail, like here and here, which is why it's always worth hunting down the original.
    – Valorum
    Feb 17 at 23:42
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    @DannyMcG We must have been abducted by the same aliens :) Feb 18 at 11:19
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    @stannius “I assume you are both humans” — ask the other two Sarah Conners if that’s a good idea! Oh you can’t, they’re dead! Feb 19 at 9:17

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