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Explore the Old Family Names of Hampshire and their Historic Connections to the county, its Places and Events across the centuries

Do you know if you family name originates in Hampshire in the UK? How far back does your family name go in Hampshire, is it several centuries or more? Do you know the origin of your name and the geographic roots of your family name and different versions of it? Why not take a browse and maybe join in and share in this online intriguing experiment.

It maybe difficult to identify your direct descendants before the 17th century but we are beginning to gather data and explore the roots of Family Names in Hampshire, their relationship to the local and wider history of this county and how certain families are embroiled in shaping that history back to Domesday and beyond. Inevitably there are some names that can be traced and localized if you dig-back far enough and can correlate a lot of data sources it gets interesting to see how the same family names are often very localized. We are interested in finding the connections not only of direct descendants but in terms of where a name hails from and in particular where over several centuries at least, a name can be evidenced as being very localized within Hamsphire. The origins and correlation with the local history certainly reveal a lot of context about this intriguing county. This is an ongoing experiment and we will be starting with just a  few but we hope over time others will share data and contribute and we can look to publish and share the data we all collect. We don’t want this just to be a list of records we want to tap into the where, who, when and why with Hampshire as the common component.

Think of this as a mini ‘Big Data’ project, we will need lots of data as well as narrative maps, documents and of course original records and transcription. It would be great to collaborate on this but we are going to just give it a go and see if we can find some patterns by using a range of data and digital humanities approaches.  We will post articles, share schedules of records, build online maps, publish contextual photographs and look to collect related family tries so that others with connections to this county or simply a passing interest can take a look and maybe start their own adventure focused on other counties in particular those nearby our borders.

This page will be an anchor point for data and any related articles but where we are tracing clusters of old names we will also create anchor pages for the locations we are beginning to explore the local history of and collect a rich tapestry (we hope) of sources and records and tools you can dip-in and out of…

This has huge scope we know but the process will be fun and the more data we can share and correlate using some great tools to help mine and visualise the data and then drill down into the details the better.

If you are up for a bit of an online adventure then just contact us and let us know the names within Hampshire you are interested in then let’s see what we can together discover.


Southwick Key Facts and Records Links and Connections to Hampshire’s History Southwick remains a charming village in south Hampshire protected by its private ownership as an estate that has survived so many changes over hundreds of years. Here we start to capture the intriguing facts links and connections to help you explore your Hampshire History…

D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

Hampshire was full of troops equipment and there was a sense of a huge buildup, the population had been drilled on security but speculation was growing something ‘BIG’ was going to happen. What was it like for the residents of Hampshire as finally these massive resources and numbers of troops mobilised for the big push? Something “BIG” was going to happen but when? One of a series of posts marking Hampshire and its role and experience of the run-up to D-Day.

D-Day Gathering

Making ready for Overlord in Hampshire, with troops massing on the South Coast, Eisenhower moving into Southwick House and Admiral Ramsay running Neptune from Southwick Fort. Who was in your area around the time of Mid-May to 6th June there was lots of hearsay but has your village or town got a story to tell?

DataVis Network Diagrams

HGS Embedded Data Visualisation Prototype Testing This is an exploratory and experimental demonstration using nodal graphing and network diagram techniques around the density ad incidence of a sample of 7,500+ Family History Records Summarised as a SURNAME Network Map. It demonstrates how the maths of Graphing theory overcomes the relatively inflexible structure of the traditional…

Winchester Pipe rolls Digitised for Online search at the Archives   WW1 Records Available at Hampshire Archives   Wessex Film Archive

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey, in the New Forest was founded by Cistercian monks on land gifted to them by King John in 1204. The ruins and the house are a historical gem that capture the essence of Hampshire history during the turbulent Medieval period.

LOGIN FORM [wppb-login] – for a log-in form. REGISTRATION [wppb-register] – to add a registration form. EDIT YOUR PROFILE [wppb-edit-profile] – to grant users a front-end acces to their personal information(requires user to be logged in). RECOVER YOUR PASSWORD [wppb-recover-password]

Landport Gate and Area 1760

The iconic Landport Gate in Portsmouth This gate maybe attributed to a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor, it is the Landport gate that formed part of the old Portsmouth defences. Thae “Land Port” gate still stands as the gateway to the dockyard and it was named thus and then attributed to the surrounding area around 1831,…

Samuel Pepys and the Commissioner of The Dockyard Portsmouth 1665

This snippet relates to correspondence written by Thomas Middleton in 1665 (the time Of Newton) regarding the lack of seamen to man the ships in Portsmouth, as with many correspondents throughout the ages Mr Middleton appeared to actively dislike Portsmouth… “For my part to you as a frinde I declayre I intend not to make…

Over a thousand years ago, Hampshire held the seat of power in England. It is the first of England’s shires to appear in the historical record, ‘The AngloSaxon Chronicle’. AD 757, it tells us that the councillors of the West Saxons; ‘deprived Sigeberht of his kingdom, except for Hampshire.’ Hampshire as a unit of government is…