The Churchward One-Name Study

 

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Distribution

By the time of the 1881 UK census many Churchwards had emigrated to other parts of the world, either by choice or "At His/Her Majesty's Pleasure". However, since rhe name has its roots in England, a

very useful source of information for indicating the likely source of a surname is the 1881 UK census. It is not a particularly early census, but the data from it is available in many different formats.

 

 

 

The above maps show the distribution of the Churchward families during 1881, in one case distribution by county, and in the other by poor law union (roughly equivalent to the registration districts at that time).

Although several families had by then migrated to other parts of the UK to seek work, the concentration is still very much in Devon, and in particular that part of Devon known at the South Hams.

The numerical distribution of the Churchwards in 1881 is shown on the following table, from which it can be seen that many of them outside Devon and the London area, were really just an individual or one family.

County

County Population

Actual No.

Per 100,000

Devon

606,586

258

42

Middlesex

2,863,658

52

2

Surrey

1,437,217

41

3

City of London

51,501

18

35

Co. Durham

866,681

12

1

Hampshire

524,534

12

2

City of London

51,501

10

19

Kent

977,517

10

1

Cornwall

330,295

9

3

Jersey

52,470

6

11

Pembrokeshire

92,738

6

6

Glamorgan

508,604

5

1

Lancashire

3,452,947

5

0

Somerset

468,639

5

1

Dorset

191,377

4

2

Cheshire

643,781

4

0

Sussex

491,599

3

0

Essex

575,602

1

0

Lanarkshire

940,436

1

0

Norfolk

448,100

1

0

Wiltshire

257,765

1

0

Royal Navy

?

6

?

       
     Total = 452.

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