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Lincolnshire Personal Names

Lincolnshire's "peculiar" surnames

Some surnames are considered unique to certain areas. In 1890 Henry B. Guppy published "Homes of family names in Great Britain" (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968) in a study of farmers. Below is a list of "peculiar to one county names" which he found at that time for Lincolnshire. They can provide a clue to research, but should not be taken as conclusive evidence that the name originated there. (Thank you Ivan Dominikovich):

Anyan, Bermrose, Bett, Blades, Blankley, Border, Borman, Bowser, Brackenbury, Bristow, Broughton, Brownlow, Brumby, Burkill, Burkitt, Butters, Cade, Cammack, Capes, Casswell, Chatterton, Codd, Collishaw, Coney, Cooling, Cottingham, Coupland, Cranidge, Cropley, Cutforth, Cuthbert, Dannatt, Daubney, Desforges, Dook, Dows, Dowse, Drakes, Drewery, Drewry, Dring, Drury, Dudding, Elmitt, Elvidge, Epton, Evison, Forman, Frisby, Frow, Gaunt, Gilliart, Gilliat, Gillyatt, Goodyear, Goose, Grummitt, Hay, Herring, Hewson, Hides, Hildred, Hoyes, Hoyles, Hutton, Ingall, Ingle, Laming, Lamming, Leggett, Leggott, Lill, Lilley, Lynn, Mackinder, Maidens, Marfleet, Markham, Mastin, Maw, Mawer, Merrikin, Minta, Mowbray, Odling, Overton, Palethorpe, Patchett, Pick, Pickwell, Pocklington, Ranby, Reeson, Rhoades, Riggall, Rippon, Sardeson, Sargisson, Scarborough, Seholey, Scoley, Scrimshaw, Scrimshire, Searson, Sergeant, Sharpley, Sneath, Stamp, Storr, Stowe, Strawson, Stuble, Temple, Thurlby, Trafford, Ullyatt, Vinter, Waddiugham, Wadsley, Wass, Westerby, Westoby, Whitsed, Willey, Willows, Winn, Wroot.

Surname spelling

Here is a quote from "Genealogy for Beginners" by Willis & Tatchell (Phillimore):

"Spelling will be found to be very erratic in the registers. Entries were often made by the parish clerk who spelt more or less phonetically... One must remember that education... is a product of a later age, and that in the 17th and 18th century there were comparatively few in the village who could read and write... It was, however, not ignorance only that was responsible; spelling; up to about the end of the 18th century, just did not matter."

Just to add to the above, public education didn't become a national priority until about 1850. It was the rare individual who could write his own name before then. Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary was produced in 1755 and did a lot to standardize spellings.


Multiple surnames

Many Lincolnshire researchers maintain online databases or lists of personal names they are researching (or have found). Most of these lists cover areas outside of Lincolnshire as well, but include many names common to the county. Here are a few:


Specific surnames

Please exercise care. Many books are promoted claiming to be about your surname(s). They are often collections of public data, telephone listings and already published family histories (which may have many errors), sold to you at a stiff price. Many people find these books worthless.

Also, look to see if there is a family association. Use an Internet Search Engine and type in the surname you are interested in, followed by "Family Association" and press the Enter key.


Other resources you might wish to search are:

Note: In the future, only sites and sources that offer lookups will be posted on this page. This is not a Surname exchange page.


Changing your name:


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Last updated on 26-August-2012
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