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Extinct surnames
« on: Monday 11 March 19 13:19 GMT (UK) »
I was recently researching the Brownsford surname in the Somerset region from the 1700s and I noticed that that name doesn't seem to exist anymore.  In fact there is only one entry on FreeBMD of that name - and that was a death in 1869.

I suppose it had never occurred to me that this could happen.

Is it more common than I imagine?

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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #1 on: Monday 11 March 19 13:47 GMT (UK) »
Have you looked at Ireland? There is a village of that name in County Kilkenny. There might be people with that name in the area.

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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #2 on: Monday 11 March 19 15:15 GMT (UK) »
I've been helping a friend with her family history and she has the name Linningdine in her tree. The last Linningdine seems to have died in 1888, there are no others on freebmd after that.

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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #3 on: Monday 11 March 19 16:30 GMT (UK) »


John Linningdine
Year:1890
County or Borough:Hackney
Ward or Division/Constituency:Hoxton
Street address:2 Woods buildings
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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #4 on: Monday 11 March 19 16:41 GMT (UK) »
Maybe some that appear extinct have changed their spelling slightly. It may happen a few generations before the person who appears to be the last of his or her line
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate

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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #5 on: Monday 11 March 19 17:38 GMT (UK) »
Furrington is a name that's no longer around that I have in my tree. It's different to the Farrington surname which was around at the same time as mine. My 3x great grandma was Gertrude Elizabeth Furrington.

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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #6 on: Monday 11 March 19 20:04 GMT (UK) »
Strongintharm a very descriptive surname occurred in Cheshire way back. Doesn't seem to exist in England and Wales now. Maybe people shortened the name to Strong or maybe altered it to Armstrong.
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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #7 on: Monday 11 March 19 20:21 GMT (UK) »
My family name of Sedgwick first appears in records as Siggiswycke, and then undergoes various transmogrifications: Sidgwick - Shedwick - Cedric - Siggsworth - Sidgwick until it finally settles down to Sedgwick as a result of a mistranscription in the 1901 census.
Suffolk: Pearl(e),  Garnham, Southgate, Blo(o)mfield,Grimwood/Grimwade,Josselyn/Gosling
Durham/Yorkshire: Sedgwick/Sidgwick, Shadforth
Ireland: Davis
Norway: Torreson/Torsen/Torrison
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Re: Extinct surnames
« Reply #8 on: Monday 11 March 19 20:36 GMT (UK) »
re Brownsford Co Kilkenny

Looking at Census of Ireland 1911, there is no one of that name in that townsland.

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