Surnames in my Tree

As with many family trees, I have many different surnames within my ancestors.  The direct surnames and locations of interest for me are:


Paternal Side Maternal Side


Allport – Dudley, Worcestershire; Portobello/Willenhall/Short Heath, Staffordshire

Appleby – Willenhall/Short Heath, Staffordshire

Fletcher – Bilston, Staffordshire

Foster – Short Heath/Willenhall/Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Holtom – Buckinghamshire

Johnson – Lane Head, Staffordshire

Rands – Simpson, Buckinghamshire; Ontario, Canada

Richardson – Ampthill/Silsoe, Bedfordshire; New Invention/Short Heath, Staffordshire; Pepin, Wisconsin

Ross/Rofs – Bloxwich/Wednesbury, Staffordshire

Stokes – Birmingham, Warwickshire; Bloxwich/New Invention/Walsall, Staffordshire

Taylor – Wollaton, Nottinghamshire; Lane Head, Staffordshire

Walker – Sand Beds/Short Heath/Stafford/Willenhall/Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Washbrook – Lane Head/Short Heath/Willenhall/Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Whitehouse – Willenhall, Staffordshire


Begg – England

Brand – Perthshire/Stirlingshire Scotland; Fremantle/ Greenough/Dongara/Geraldton/Western Australia

Bridges – Essex, England; Essendon, Victoria; Burwood, New South Wales; Perth,/Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Chambers – Norfolk/Middlesex, England

Criddle/Crittal – Kent, England; Greenough/Toodyay, Western Australia

Duncan – Perthshire/Stirlingshire, Scotland

Ford – England; Macquarie, New South Wales

Goff/Gough – Essex, England

Hunt – Middlesex, England

Jardine – Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Johnson – Kent, England

Matheson – Dornoch, Scotland; Richmond/Bathurst, New South Wales; Perth, Western Australia

Newman – Coventry/Middlesex, England; Carlton/Richmond, Victoria; Perth/Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Osbaldstone – Surrey, England

Richardson – England

Stockwell – England; Prahan/Carlton, Victoria;

Thomas – Bristol, England

Walker – Essex, England


As you can see from the above list, I have a variety of names in my tree.  Some names even crop up in both my mother’s and my father’s side but at this stage, there is no relationship between them.  Clearly, dad’s family weren’t very adventurous. Some of mums went here, there, everywhere – especially when they arrived in Australia!

Do you know the history of your surname?  Leave me a comment below!