Wednesday, March 07, 2007

about last names

Taliesin Arlein - ONS Names List:

"THIS DATABASE is an extract of an Office of National Statistics database, and contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann in September 2002.
The list contains almost 270,000 surnames, shared by 54.4 million people. The entire database contains over a million surnames, shared by 55.9 million people, but names shared by fewer that five people have been excluded from this list.

The database was established in 1998, and births are continually added, but the 1.5 million deaths between 1998 and 2002 have not been weeded from the system.

The database is also said to include a level of duplicate entries and misspelt surnames, as well as people currently living abroad and temporary visitors to England and Wales. However, experience suggests that multiplying the result for your surname by 0.93 will give a good idea of the living population for your surname."

Register of One-Name Studies: "Each of the 7000 surnames and variants listed in the Register of One-Name Studies is currently registered by a member of the Guild as the subject of a one-name study. The member is therefore collecting all occurrences of the surname on a world-wide basis." "The Family Facts archive, with its rich historical information, can tell you everything from the lifespan of your ancestors to the very meaning of your name. Every time you find a fact, we'll tell you what it means. We'll also tell you how to search for more information using the resources at Ancestry.

What is a One-Name Study?: " a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple).
Some 'one-namers' may restrict their research geographically, perhaps to one country, but true one-namers collect all occurrences world-wide.

The Guild of One-Name Studies only accepts true one-name studies for registration, although anyone with an interest in one-name studies is welcome to become a member."

Last Name Meaning and Origin of LAPHAM "English: apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly in Somerset or Wiltshire, where the surname is clustered, but perhaps a variant of Lopham, a habitational name from a place in Norfolk, so named from an Old English personal name Loppa + ham ‘homestead’.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4"

and see the side bar for links to my LAPHAM one-name study
- and why LAPHAM?

Because it was my mother's maiden name.

from my email today:-

Hi Hugh, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed visiting your Lapham family tree on rootsweb, and your other sites. I can see all the work and research that you have done over the years and think it's great that you put it on line to help other persons like myself. Martha Collins, the wife of Adolphus Lapham, was a sister to my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Collins, and your site helped me fill in a few more blanks and I do appreciate that very much. I have been working on my "CLARK's IN AMERICA SINCE 1632" for 9 years now and I'm finally making a big dent in my ancestors. My family came to America in 1632 from England. Again I want to Thank You for helping me in a couple areas of the Lapham and Collins area. Keep up the GREAT WORK.


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