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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 20 June 07 21:23 BST (UK) »
I have Impey and Cato.
Beverley
Leics-Sharp/Baker/Underwood
Marylebone-Osborne/Tod(d)
Herts- Sear, Cato
Bucks/ Beds-Impey/Field/Hall
Herefordshire-Smallman
Glos-Poole/Byard/Smallman
Middx-Kemp/Harris/Perrin/Lee/Cooper/Morrell
Middx-Ballard
Berks-Ballard
Wilts-Ballard
Hammersmith, Middx-Cranstone
Surrey/Middx-Jux
Villemagne, France- Perrin
Dunning, Perthshire-Tod/Niven
Dorset- Tod/d
Milner- Neenton, Shropshire
Edwards- Neenton, Shropshire
Poultney/Beswick-Kidderminster, Worcs

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 20 June 07 22:58 BST (UK) »
You can find out about the (recent) frequency of surnames at this site http://www.taliesin-arlein.net/names/search.php

My rarest is Bransden

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Essex - Carter, Jeffrey, Mason, Middleditch, Pond, Poole, Rose, Sorrell, Surry, Theobald
Hunts - Danns
Kent - Luetchford, Wood
Nottinghamshire - Baker, Dunks, Kemp, Price, Priestley, Swain, Woodward
Suffolk - Rose
Surrey - Bedel, Bransden, Bysh, Coleman, Gibbs, Quinton
Sussex - Gibbs, Spencer
Wiltshire - Brice, Rumble

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 20 June 07 23:38 BST (UK) »
Surname   Count   Ranking
 BIRKHEAD    415    =13031
 SCHORAH    354    =14618
 TATTERSFIELD    336    =15152
 WOODIN    183    =22585
 VALANCE    15    =109436
CONINOR isn't on there
CRAMMACK isn't on there
Leeds - HOLMES (also at Boston Spa, Thorp Arch), SCHOLEY/SCOREY/SCHORAH (also at Stanley, Wakefield), TURVEY (also at Birmingham), WARD, WHITE, WOODHEAD (also at Halton, Whitkirk, Templenewsam).
Dewsbury - CRAWSHAW, GLEDHILL, SPEIGHT
Great Horton - RAMSDEN, SHACKLETON, WOOLER
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir - SMITH
Barrowby and South Stoke, Lincolnshire - PARKER
Derby and Newhall - STREET

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 21 June 07 05:01 BST (UK) »
I have Brothill and variants, Brothele, Brothelle etc.

I have been told it is an occupational surname, but so far, they have mostly been shopkeepers

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #22 on: Thursday 21 June 07 09:07 BST (UK) »
I have Wingod which doesn't feature in the ONS database. I also have Folder ( 27 instances, rank =74851) which is a big problem to search for. Archives are full of "folders"!
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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #23 on: Thursday 21 June 07 10:30 BST (UK) »
According to the Taleisin Arlein site -

COWBURN  1292  =5368
MOXHAM  1220  =5635
GODBOLD  1205  =5698
BRACEWELL  1077  =6258
HULKS  222  =19936
MACKRETH  77  =39021

no records for Couburn, Knottage, Snailom (although Snailham got 359), Unckle or Waringe.

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Smith (Lancashire), McKenna (Ireland/Liverpool/Leyland), Maynard (Hertfordshire/London/Preston), Ricketts (Gloucestershire/Wigan/Preston), Scowcroft (Preston), Harling (N. Yorkshire/Lancashire), Willis (Preston), Clegg (Manchester/Preston), Dodd (Wigan/Cheshire), Alston (Lancashire), Hulks (Hertfordshire), Nicholson (Lancashire/Cumbria), Russell (Lancashire), Wilson (Cumbria), Bracewell (Lancashire), Moxham (Lancashire0

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #24 on: Thursday 21 June 07 10:51 BST (UK) »
I don't know if this counts as uncommon because researching them has been a pain.  I have had considerable trouble with the surname Poulsum.  I never know what they're going to turn up as next!

Some I have had are Poulsom, Polsum Poulsen, Polsom, Poulsen and Poulsam
Hannah - Isle of Man, Kensington.  Cousins - Northamptonshire, Kensington.  Poulsum - Monmouthshire.  Carpenter - Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire.  Turner - Berkshire.  Vincent - Wiltshire.  Beachus - Wales

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #25 on: Thursday 21 June 07 15:54 BST (UK) »
I have Schmieg, which I don't think was/is too common, hailing from Germany originally. And Kochersberger, from Alsace, which started as Guggisberg and got twisted into the new name. I also have an ancestor who married a Monkmeyer. And although Heintz isn't too unusual an Alsatian name, my ggg grandfather's first name was Marzolf, which is a common surname but not common forename.

And I just checked the above link and found my Mickelwright ranks number 143,714

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Sligo: Davey (also Mayo), McCluskey, McNulty
Wexford and Staffordshire: Hayes, McClean
Galway and Staffordshire: Scott
Coventry: Wells, Collins, Palmer, Moody, Beck, Mickelwright, Husbands
Ireland: McNulty (Sligo), Kealy, Murphy (Carlow) Connolly, Gillen, Powell, Ryan, Moore, Martin
Davis from I don't know where originally
Stahl, Russia to England to USA

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Re: most uncommon surnames in your tree
« Reply #26 on: Thursday 21 June 07 16:10 BST (UK) »
My least common name is McGlinchey (from Ireland).

My husband's great-grandmother's surname was Salisbury.  I think there used to be lots of them around Lancashire but maybe it just felt that way when I was trying to find her in the census!   ;)

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England: Barnett; Beaumont; Christy; George; Holland; Parker; Pope; Salisbury
Scotland: Currie; Curror; Dobson; Muir; Oliver; Pryde; Turnbull; Wilson
Ireland: Carson; Colbert; Coy; Craig; McGlinchey; Riley; Rooney; Trotter; Waters/Watters