My top-ten surnames updated (or not as the case may be)

31 Mar

On two previous occasions I have produced a list of the top-ten surnames in my family tree (in February 2010 and May 2011) and I decided it would be interesting to see if much had changed since the last time.

The results were quite interesting (for me at least) and illustrated just how little work I did on my family tree last year.

  1. TROWER (152)
  2. GASSON (133)
  3. MITCHELL (92)
  4. HEMSLEY (75)
  5. BOXALL (52)
  6. KINGHORN (49)
  7. FAIRS (45)
  8. GEERING (39)
  9. HAYBITTLE (36)
  10. WREN (31)

None of the positions have changed since last year and the actual number of entries had changed very little. Only the number of Trowers and Gassons have increased and somewhat worryingly the number of Mitchells and Boxalls had decreased.

I remember removing a family of Mitchells who I haven’t been able to link into my family tree yet, but I am not sure why I have lost a Boxall. I think it might have been the result of a merger.

I know it is not really about the numbers, but it would be nice to see them increasing a bit more.

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2 Responses to “My top-ten surnames updated (or not as the case may be)”

  1. Yolanda Presant April 1, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    luv the name Wren! ancestry.uk will increase them for you. They keep searching for records while you do stuff.

    • Ian Gates April 4, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      What fascinates me is the fact that, up until the last couple of decades, ‘local’ names like the ones on this list persisted in small geographical areas for generations- I grew up in Hurstpierpoint, and I recognise many of those names as being common in our village. Eg, Mr Wren was one of our volunteer firemen, Geerings ran a local nursery garden, Boxalls was the electrical shop in he High Street, and so on.I believe that there was a large contingent of Haybittles (wonderful name!- I wonder where it originated) in Albourne- there are certainly members of the clan buried there. Will social mobility end all of this, I wonder ?

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