R is for …

Continuing my exploration of surname origins in Andrew’s Kindred.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  William Rathbone, born about 1793, Coventry, Warwickshire. Continue reading “R is for …”


Why family history is so difficult

Every English family historian must have encountered the problem that so many of their ancestors had the same repetitive set of first, given or personal names. I will use the term “first names” for all of these.


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