Is your Surname registered?

Our 2,744 members have registered
2,396 study surnames with us
and a further 6,089 variant names.

Paul Howes

Paul Howes

Jan 302018

In recent years, the Guild has worked hard to increase the registration of surnames whose origins begin outside of the British Isles. We are delighted to announce that we now have 100 of these surnames registered. When our list started 5 years ago there were just 28 surnames.

These surnames and their country of origin are listed in the Members’ Wiki, but also appear at the end of this post in case you cannot spot them all in the image below. 

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  • Alviani – Italy
  • Bacharach – Germany
  • Baldacchino – Malta or Italy
  • Balla – Hungary
  • Barralet – France
  • Bazzoni – Italy
  • Bernstein – Germany
  • Bertschinger – Switzerland
  • Beauvais (and Beavois Beaves, Beevis, Bevisas variants of  Beavis) – France
  • Bonnette – France
  • Bodnar (with variants Bednarz, Bodnarchuk, Bodnarczuk, Bodnarenko, Bodnaruk)
  • Bouteloup – France
  • Boutilier – France
  • Briese – Belgium, France, Germany,  Netherlands, Poland,
  • Brobbel – Netherlands
  • Bullwinkle – Germany
  • Cannarella – Italy
  • Carbaugh – Germany
  • Chapkofski – Lithuania
  • Constantine – from the Cotentin peninsula
  • Cordani – Italy
  • Crosser – German (in the USA, although some there are Scots)
  • Cuono – Italy
  • Danchin – France
  • De Hungerford  – France
  • De Mamiel – France
  • De Maillet – France
  • Didymus – Greece (and variants Dedamess, Diddams, Didemus, Didimouse, Didimus) (also some in Germany & USA)
  • Dohoo – France/Germany
  • Dominicus – Netherlands
  • DuBose – France
  • Ducate – Belgium, France
  • Edes – Hungary
  • Engers – Germany/Netherlands/Norway
  • Ferdinando  (with variants Ferdinand, Fernandes, Fernandez, Ferdi and Ferdy) – Spain
  • Festa – Italy
  • Fritz – Germany
  • Fron – Poland
  • Glaentzer – Germany
  • Grandi – Italy
  • Hellfritzsch – Germany
  • Hochreiter – Austria/Germany
  • Hosaflook – Netherlands
  • Izod – France
  • Kipp – France (De Kype), the Netherlands (Kip) and Germany (Kipp)
  • Kester/Kuster  – Germany
  • Kleinhans – Germany
  • Komonchak – Slovakia?
  • Koonce, Koontz – Germany
  • Laccohee – Wallonia, Belgium
  • Lafranchi – Swiss/Italian
  • Lambert – France & UK
  • Leru/Leroux – France
  • Los – Poland
  • Lupfer – Switzerland
  • Machula – Eastern Europe
  • Macon – France
  • Marafie – Kuwait and the Arabian peninsula
  • Neugarten – Jewish
  • Norstedt – Scandinavia
  • Orlando – Italy
  • Palcic – Slovenia
  • Panchaud – Switzerland
  • Pepler/Peplow – Germany/England
  • Philippides – Greece
  • Pikholz – East Galicia formerly Austria now Western Ukraine
  • Plantinga – Netherlands
  • Pocobello – Italy
  • Probasco/Probatski – Poland
  • Pruyn – Netherlands
  • Ranger – France/Germany/Switzerland (also Britain)
  • Rasco – Dalmatia/Netherlands/Spain
  • Rata/Ratat – France
  • Renger – Netherlands
  • Riemenschneider – Germany
  • Robles – Spain
  • Rocker – Germany
  • Ruby – Eastern Europe
  • Santee – multiple countries in Western Europe/Scandinavia? 
  • Seyffert – Germany
  • Simpfendorfer – Germany
  • Snoeren – Netherlands
  • Spathaky  (Spathakis) – Greece
  • Speidel – Germany
  • Steiert – Germany
  • Stermenszky (with variants Sterman, Stermenski, Stermensky, Stermenzsky) – Hungary
  • Stymiest – Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia
  • Tentoni – Italy
  • Utischill – Germany
  • Vandervord – Netherlands
  • Vidaurri – Spain
  • Villot – France
  • Weissleder – Germany
  • Werdesheim – Galicia, Eastern Europe
  • Willing – England, but also Germany and Netherlands
  • Woertman – Germany/Netherlands
  • Zanzig – Germany
  • Zealand – Netherlands
  • Zdziebko – Poland

If you are a Guild Member and your study’s surname is missing from this list OR if you would be interested in registering your non-British origin study with the Guild, then please do get in touch.





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Jan 072018
Some preliminary results from the survey of members’ studies appear in the January 2018 edition of the Journal (see page 33).
For those that are curious or would like to see more detail, the information is now available on the Guild website. This shows results for each of the questions, with a summary and details.
We hope that members will find this interesting, and we believe that the data gathered through the survey will be helpful for education and marketing initiatives which we will be working on in the coming months.
The survey team

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Aug 092017

Photo courtesy: Mike Esbester

In 1911 alone over 28,000 employees were injured or killed on British railways. The government
department responsible for the railways, the Board of Trade, had been investigating some of
these casualties since the 1890s, to find out what happened and to make recommendations
to improve safety in the future. These reports are a fantastic resource, giving plenty of
detail about who was involved and working practices, as well as what happened. But it’s
often difficult to get hold of these reports, or even to find out what they contain.
Late in 2016, as a joint initiative of the University of Portsmouth and the National
Railway Museum (NRM), the ‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project started to try to make
these records more accessible and see what we could learn from them.
A team of NRM volunteers has been working through the Railway Inspectors’ reports
for the years 1911-15 (when the reports were temporarily stopped as a result of the war).
They have done fantastic work, reading each report, extracting the key information and
placing this in a spreadsheet. With the details standardised in a spreadsheet, they become
easily searchable, making the information more accessible and useable
Dr Mike Esbester of the University of Portsmouth has been leading the project and recently contacted the Guild to ask for our members’ help.  The project has just made the first batch of data freely available via the project website:  The Project has catalogued nearly 4,000 individuals involved in accidents over the four and a half year period.  Full details for each individual are available to download in a spreadsheet.

One of the hopes of the project was that it would be of interest to a variety of audiences – including family historians, social historians and the general public. So, now that they’ve released some data, they would like some feedback.  Please take a look and offer any feedback you want to share through their website.

Mike will be speaking at our seminar, entitled “Accidents will Happen”, in Abberley, Worcestershire next February.

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Aug 072017

Just as the Guild has recently placed a good deal of information on DNA studies on the public part of our website, we have today added an additional five pages on the front side to guide people through the thought process of starting a One-Name Study.  The sections are:

  • estimating numbers and overall size
  • thinking about variant spellings
  • where and how to start
  • organising the study
  • selecting software

We hope these pages are useful for anyone contemplating taking on a One-Name Study, whether they are already a Guild member or not.  To see the new pages, click here and then use the links in the left-hand column.

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Jan 242016

I’ve been advised by our IT team that our website will be unavailable for approximately two hours between 6am GMT and 8am on Tuesday, 26th January.  Our web-hosting company, Krystal, will be performing an upgrade to server hardware.  The outage includes the main Guild site at including those parts of the site accessed through the Members Room, the WW1 site at and our email system. Emails sent during this time will be placed in a queue for later delivery. 

If there’s any variation in the actual experience beyond these expectations, stay tuned to Facebook and our Rootsweb mailing list for updates.

2016 Conference

While writing, I just want to note that a link in my newsletter to the conference web page didn’t work properly.  If you’d like to come to our conference in Birmingham, you can book a place using the form linked from this page:  

For any non-member reading this on our Facebook page, please note that you are welcome too!


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