Oxfordshire Surname Project


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The Oxfordshire surname project aims to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames, tracing 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 is progressing well. We are working on a priority list of the top 400 names in Oxfordshire and starting to document them individually. We are also busy transcribing a number of older sources of surnames in the county and have an active team of transcribers working hard in 2018.

Our key needs for this year are:

  • More males with Oxfordshire surnames to have a Y-DNA test
  • More transcribers

DNA testing

  • We are keen to have more males who have Oxfordshire ancestry before 1875 on their pure male (father’s father’s father’s….) line to come forward and have a Y-37 or even better a Y-67 DNA test.
  • People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project.
  • The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested, so do contact your neighbours/friends and try to persuade them to be tested.

Contact the DNA team at dna@ofhs.org.uk to discuss your family history and to see if you are eligible to join the Oxfordshire DNA project www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire


If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. 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), or want to help transcribe, please contact the surname team at surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

Family Histories

Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the surname 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.

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

See also the original launch post and the follow-up comments.

  8 Responses to “Oxfordshire Surname Project”

  1. Hi from Albany Western Australia , i have been researching the Harris family from Charlbury , other names are Hutt from Finstock , Clary from Charlbury , French from Willcott and Trotman from Stonsfield .

    Allan Harris

  2. Families researched: Rimell from Sibford Gower; Fardon from Woodstock, Adderbury, Deddington, North Newington; Malings/Malins from Deddington; Churchill from Deddington; Bazeley from Deddington; Wellman from Deddington; Franklin from Deddington; Browne from Deddington

    Elaine Ward

    • Elaine,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We have noted your surnames being researched for the surname project. It would be great if you or (even more useful) male relative(s) with these surnames could be DNA tested. If you know of a male with RIMELL surname do contact us via dna@ofhs.org.uk as we may be able to get a susbidised test for him.

      Sue Honore
      Oxfordshire DNA & Surname Projects

  3. Hi

    Happy to have a DNA test if you are interested in the Crutch family from Woodstock, Doubt if it is in the top 200 Oxfordshire names though!.


  4. Hi Sue

    Joined and ordered the kit

    What do I do now (apart from wait for it to arrive?)

    • Alan,

      All new users are encouraged to set up their profiles to help us and others who might be cousins to you to understand your ancestry. You can get started even before your test kit arrives.
      Log in to your account. On your dashboard towards the upper left side will be some words to ‘manage your profile’. There are security and access levels (as project co-ordinators we’d love to have the highest access available to us – but that is up to you). Check all your other details and needs in this profile area to make sure everything is correct.

      Most importantly go into the genealogy tab and enter the surnames you are researching (with place names in Oxfordshire or elsewhere & dates if known) and your oldest known male ancestor on your pure male line (again try & fit in name, place and dates if possible). If you have had an autosomal or mtDNA test do put in your oldest known female ancestor on your pure female line too.

      Then if you want to, you can upload a GEDCOM family tree (with living people marked as private) or build your own mini tree using the FTDNA software.

      By having a list of surnames and places and a tree, it not only helps us as administrators to do our surname research, but it also means those people who are genetic cousins can see that list. It makes it easier for people to find those people they really might have a connection to – by linking surnames and places of common interest.

      As you have been Y-DNA tested, you are a valuable person to other projects too. I would wait for your results to come back before acting, but go through the list of projects. There may be a surname project that contains your surname variant or others that are of interest. Joining any project once you have a kit is free.


  5. Thanks Sue.

    Back in Oxfordshire for a few days but will get started when I get back.

    All the best


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