Mar 272017
 

OFHS has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames.  The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.

The project team is appealing for help in a number of ways:

– Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.

– People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire. The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested. As an incentive, Oxfordshire Family History Society has donated the cost of six Y-37 tests to be won in a competition. Any male (or female who could persuade a male relative to take the test) is eligible. We are looking for the six best candidates with good Oxfordshire surname history on the pure  male line (father’s father’s father…) going back before 1870 and with good personal reasons to think a DNA test will be valuable. All that is required is an email describing your known Oxfordshire male line ancestry, why you think a DNA test would be valuable and full contact details. Full Ts & Cs can be obtained on application. The closing date is the 15th June 2017. If you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who might be a good candidate, then do tell them about this competition. Please mark any emails for the competition with a title of ‘DNA Competition’.

– If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. Please get in touch if you are able to help. Many can be done remotely without being located in Oxfordshire. If you possess electronic versions of any early documents listing Oxfordshire names (for which you have obtained the original author or publisher’s permission for use), please contact the team.

If you have any queries, please contact Sue Honore via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

  54 Responses to “Oxfordshire Family History Society launches Oxfordshire Surname Project”

  1. Hi,

    I do hope I’m replying in the right place. I am hoping to respond regarding the appeal for indormaiton regarding Oxfordshire families. I have done quite a lot of research into the Lybbe and Powys families that lived in Whitchurch on Thames from 1526 to around 1858, though they did not finally sell their house until 1909. Most of my information is on my web-stie at and I may be able to provide any additional information if someone cares to get in touch.

    e-mail: tim@powys.org

    regards,

    Tim Powys-Lybbe

    • Tim,

      Thanks for the information on the Lybbe and Powys names and your website link. Looking at your website it is the Lybbe and associated lines on the female side that are likely to be of Oxfordshire origins. We’ll keep your details and get back in touch.

      Sue Honore

  2. Hello,
    I have Ancestors from Southleigh Oxon going back to 1656, the surname is Embury. I have an extensive Family Tree on Ancestry and have also tested my DNA with Ancestry. I have only one EMBURY DNA match so far and he is in Ontario Canada. My Embury Ancestors worked their way down the Thames Valley via Appleton, Easton, Shirburn, Pyrton in Oxon to London and the West London Brickfields. There are several of us researching our Embury families who I have contact with.
    My maiden name is Embury and you may be interested to know that the Christian name Tobias has been passed down the line since at least 1656. Tobias Embury 1656-1723 is my 5 x greatgrandfather and he is buried and has a headstone in St James The Great churyard Southleigh.
    My Ancestry tree is PRIVATE but I will open it up to interested parties on request, just supply an e- mail add.
    I would love to have the opportunity to also test my DNA with Family Tree DNA.
    I’m not sure I am replying in the correct place and have found this site particularly difficult to navigate.
    I hope I have given you enough information
    Regards
    Suzanne Hogarth ( researching Embury’s for 50+ years)

    • Suzanne,

      Thanks for adding your comments on the Embury family. If you are happy for us to keep your contact details, we can get in touch with you when we get to doing the page on that family and ask for your input based on your research.

      The other thing you can do is transfer your Ancestry DNA test to our Oxfordshire FamilyTreeDNA project.
      If you want to transfer your DNA from Ancestry to FamilytreeDNA go to the following page and follow the instructions.

      https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer

      Depending on the version of your test, various results will appear, but you may need to upgrade to view all FTDNA’s features for your test results. Best to transfer first and see how it goes. The initial transfer is free. Make a note of your FTDNA kit ID and password as they are critical for all transactions in the future.

      Once you have your test on FTDNA then sign on with your FTDNA ID and password and go to http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and click on the ‘join request’ tab.

      Finally, if you know of a living male Embury from this Oxfordshire line and can persuade him to agree to a DNA test then you can enter our competition to win one of six Y-67 tests. You can apply on his behalf with his approval. The information you have given so far is sufficient, apart from contact details for you both. Please send entries to dna@ofhs.org.uk.

      Hope this helps,

      Sue Honore

      • Thanks Sue
        My e-mail is Hogarthsue (at) hotmail.com.
        Would my son be a suitable candidate for the male Oxfordshire Embury line? If so, he has also tested DNA with Ancestry and I am his administrator.
        I do have another male Embury contact here in the U.K. of my Great grandfathers line but don’t feel comfortable about persuading him to take a DNA test.
        I will transfer my DNA to your Oxfordshire project when I feel confident to cope with it, I’ve been meaning to transfer it to Gedmatch also but it’s getting enough quiet time to get on with it.
        Thanks for your reply and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
        Regards
        Sue
        Suzanne Hogarth

  3. I am conducting a Surname Study into the Lefever and Variant surnames. I have a few families bearing the name in Oxfordshire. Details of some of my research are available on https://le-fever.org and I can be contacted through the website.

    • Colin,

      Thanks for the link to your website. Lefever is not one of our more common names in Oxfordshire but we will keep in touch with you on it when we get to the detailed name analysis stage.

      Sue Honore

      • Sue, I have 3 families at the moment who were resident in Oxford, so that’s not many in the scheme of all names but there again it is not a particularly common surname. I have them as resident in Woodstock, Oxford and Bicester.

  4. Hello.
    My Oxfordshire Family names are Eggleston/Eagleston, Boddington, Jelliman/Jellyman , Reeves and Wells all from Steeple Westcott and Middle Barton area.

    • Thanks, Jean. Egglestone/Eagleston is one of our key names for Oxfordshire. We’ll note your details and be back in touch as we research individual names.

      Sue

  5. Hi my husband’s family on his fathers side are from Ducklington / Witney area and the family sees to go back quite a way in Oxfordshire. The name is ‘Druce’ and he has had his dna tested with ancestry. Is that of any interest?

    • Julie,

      Yes, your Druce information is useful to us and I’ll note your details so we can contact you when we get to it.

      For you, and anyone else who has been tested with Ancestry, you can transfer your results across to FamilyTreeDNA so it is in two places at once and so you can be part of our Oxfordshire DNA project.

      go to the following page and follow the instructions.

      https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer

      Depending on the version of your test, various results will appear, but you may need to upgrade to get to view everything FTDNA has to offer. Best to transfer first and see how it goes. The initial transfer is free.

      Once you have your test on FTDNA then sign on with your ID and password and go to http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshireClick on the ‘join request’ tab. That will put you in our Oxfordshire project.

      Sue Honore

  6. I’ve just come across your project and also just returned from a visit to Oxfordshire. My ancestors came from Heath and contain the names Dagley and Berry. The Dagleys have been traced back as far as 1586 this being John Dagley his grandson Francis born 1659 married a Lydia Inns, in 1717 a John Dagley married a Hannah Philips he was a yeoman and publican, his son John married Catherine Botterill and ran the Whitmore Arms at Heath, his daughter Susannah Dagley married James Berry about 1700 they had the White Hart Inn in Tingewick which records show was in Oxen but now is in Buckinghamshire. Their grandson John Berry ran the Royal Oak from where I have just visited and mailed them some information. Does anyone know of these two families, on my part there is only my cousin and myself .

    • Thanks,
      David. We’ll make a note of your Dagley name and get back to you when we are analysing that surname.

      Sue

  7. Hi Sue
    I am doing a Cope one-name study.
    My personal Cope ancestors are from Thame & I have a line from 1840’s back to early 1600’s
    Please contact me if I can be of help
    Regards Gina

  8. Hello,
    I’ve been researching various Oxfordshire-based ancestors, direct and more tangential, including:

    Osborn(e) (with certainty back to 1808; possibilities to 1600).
    Smith (originally Arlingham, Glos, 1806; Oxford from 1840s onwards) – boatbuilders & designers
    Piper (1803, Oxford; post office workers)
    Morley (bookbinders & similar; 1812)

    If what I have is of any use, please let me know.
    Rgds,
    Robin

    • Robin,

      Thank you very much for your list of names. We will add them to the list and be back in touch later.

  9. Hello

    I am responding to your request for information regarding the Oxfordshire surnames.

    I have traced my husbands’ grandmother in the name of Winnett, to the village of Salford, near Chipping Norton and have managed to obtain records back to 1786.

    Also, her mother’s maiden name was Farbrother and that family hailed from Great Rollright. So far, records have been traced back to 1720.

    If this information is of any use to you, please let me know.

    Regards,
    Lynda

    • Lynda,

      Those are two of the more unusual names, so it will be interesting to see what data we find on them. We will get back in touch when we get to analysing those names.
      Thanks for contacting us.

      Regards,

      Sue

  10. I’ve been researching my BETTS family from Hanwell and surrounding areas. Gone back as far as I can with records available to me living overseas.

    • Thanks, Dee for giving us your surname details. We will contact you when we get to Betts. Have you joined OXSIL yet – http://www.oxsil.org.uk? There might be more local people also researching Betts who can help those overseas.
      Sue

  11. Hello, I have been researching the surname DEAN in Oxford. I have details of the family in Woodstock and Oxford City from the early 1800s. I believe this surname is not common to Oxford.

    • Ann,

      Dean is a name that seems fairly well spread, including around Oxfordshire. I’ll note your contact details and when we get to it, will be back in touch.

      Sue

  12. Hi,

    My 2xgt-grandfather is Spencer BENHAM, bn 11/7/1800 in London to James BENHAM bn 1776 in Woodstock and Sarah Ann Eleanor/Helena YONGE bn 1772 Kingston, Jamaica. James’ father was also a James, bn 1737 Kirtlington, whose father was William, bn c1709.

    Regards,

    Carol – in Sydney

  13. Hi I have been researching my dad’s surname Howkins for some years now and his family were from Charlton on Ottmore and surrounding areas also his mother was from East & West Hanney Oxford her maiden name was Orpwood . I have a family Tree on ancestry and have got as far back as 1700 but keep hitting a brick wall any further back so I wondered if you may be able to help and if any of my research may help anybody I would be glad to help .

    • Sue,

      Thanks for the note on your 2 families. We’ll check your tree when we get down to analysing those names. Hopefully someone else may be able to help you on your brick wall.

      Sue

  14. Hi, very interested in your project on Oxfordshire surnames. I have a fair bit of information on the Whitlock line if this is of interest.
    Hope to hear from you.

    Mary

    • Thanks, Mary. We’ve added your contact details to our list so we can contact you when we get to Whitlock.

      Sue

  15. My paternal direct line is the Norris family of Islip. My brother would supply DNA.

    Lesley

  16. I have my family tree going back to 1714. My mothers maiden name is Shepherd and we started in Great Haseley, moving to Wheatley which is where I live. I am connected to other oxfordshire names, Munt, Washington, King. I would be willing to donate DNA.

    • Alison,

      Thank you. We will note your surnames and get in touch when we do those names. Unfortunately some of the press forgot to say that DNA competition is open only to males as it is a Y-DNA test being offered. if you have a male Shepherd relative who would be willing to be tested, do get back in touch. Alternatively, if you are keen on testing, please join our project anyway by buying an autosomal test (Called FamilyFinder test) for yourself, which women and men can do. Go to http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and then join the project and buy the test. We’d be very happy to have you as part of the project!

      Sue

  17. Hi, my mother was a Shepherd and we live in Wheatley. I can trace Shepherds back to 1714. Happy to give a DNA sample.

  18. Hi, I have family history in Oxfordshire. My family name is Palmer which I have traced to Wroxton, North Newington, Neithrop, They have married into the Cleaver/Timms family from Wigginton. Let me know if this is of any use to your search.

    • Julie,

      That information is useful. Could you perhaps email me at surname-project@ofhs.org.uk with a little more information ion what you know of your PALMER/TIMMS/CLEAVER lines? Then we would happily have you as a contact on the surname project when we got to analysing those names.

      Sue

  19. I have ancestors not male line but through both mother a father to Oxfordshire, Clifton Hampden (father’s), DEADMAN and Bampton (mother’s), CARTER and SMITH. Both are early eighteen hundreds residents. I have tested both my father and mother with Family Tree DNAs Family Finder tests. neither hail from Oxfordshire. Y test is Rye, Sussex in early 1700s and MtDNA is Sheppey late 1700s.

    • Susan,

      If I understand, then both your parents have Oxfordshire ancestry but it is not recent and it is not in the 1700s either. That is absolutely fine – the older the ancestry in Oxfordshire the better. We are not interested in people who have only 20th century Oxford ancestry in the DNA project, but love people with 19th century and earlier and will accept people if there are 3 generations in Oxfordshire before 1880. If that applies to either/both of your parents, then get them to Join the Oxfordshire project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and be sure to fill in their profiles with the surnames that apply to Oxfordshire and the places and dates if known. That will really help us. Contact dna@ofhs.org.uk if you need help.

      Sue
      Sue

  20. Hi….am currently doing my Dads ancestry. He was born in Horton cum Studley and his parents and grandparents were from the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire areas. Names are Walker and Cox. I’ll see if he’ll do a DNA test.

    • Edith,

      It would be fantastic if you could persuade your father to do a DNA test. We’d be very grateful. Go to http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and click on the join tab then order a test. Ask for help if you need it, from dna@ofhs.org.uk. If you want to document what you have found on your father’s ancestry and send it to surname-project@ofhs.org.uk when you are ready, we’d be happy to include you in the project.

      Sue

      • Hi Sue. I have now got my Dads DNA results but not sure what I do now?
        Dads paternal line is ….
        Reginald John William Walker b1925
        William Walker 1879 -1941
        William Walker 1846 -1901
        William Walker 1812 – 1848
        Samuel Walker 1782 – 1864
        William Walker
        Let me know what other info you would like.
        Cheers Edie (Edith McIntyre – member number 7024)

        • Edie,
          It’s great that you have a DNA test for your father. That will really help. Can you remind me which test was done and if you have joined the Oxfordshire DNA project?

          The data on the Walkers that you have sent is as much as we need for now apart from it would help if you could list the places that the various Walkers in your list were living at the time. Part of our project is to look at people linked to locations, so that extra data would be useful. Many thanks for your contribution and we will be in touch when we get to more detailed investigation into the Walker name.
          Sue

  21. Hi Sue, Hope this comes through to the right place. My Oxfordshire interests are COX from North Leigh. Other names pre 1800 VINER, BUCKINGHAM, and probably DAY. Very likely is BERRY c1790 also
    COX is my maternal grandfather’s line. I have done autosomal and transferred to FTDNA. Should I join the project too? I am very much a novice at understanding DNA

    Marion

  22. Hi, I have numerous names from oxfordshire to name but a few – Long – from witney, long hanbrough and Asthall Leigh. Simms from chipping norton, rollright, great rollright and harwood from finstock, oh and Bond but I havent spent much time on that one of yet. I am willing to help and share information.

  23. Hi

    Think I might have missed boat but my ancestors Stevens/Stephens hailed from Bicester and Aylesbury.Paul Stevens was a bookseller and printer at Bicester and possibly London b 1700.His son Sewell was a Merchant in Bicester b1725.Their ancestors migrated to Australia in the 1840’s with Thomas Stevens.I am also looking at the Parish and Plater families and the King family who all married into the Stevens family.

    Regards
    John stevens

    • John,

      Apologies for the late reply but I have been away. I have added your families to our list and we will get in touch when we get to analysing Stevens/Parish/Plater/King.

      Sue

  24. hello,

    been doing my carpenter family tree there mostly round southleigh and witney and ensham i have William carpenter dated back to 1689 its said he lived to 100 years old he died in southleigh in 1789. his wife’s are Elizabeth Hawkins and Mary lainchbury (various spelling of name)

    thanks

    ray carpenter

  25. Has any one have details of The Aldens from Oxford ?

    • Pip,

      Nobody has submitted anything on the Alden family to the surname project at the moment. If you have anything on this family we would be happy to receive it to add to the project.

      Also, if you go to OXSIL (www.oxsil.org.uk) there are some people researching Aldens there. If you haven’t already, you might want to get in touch.

      Sue Honore

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