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About the study
The Brinsford one name study was started some years ago as an extension to the wider research into my family's history. I seek occurrences of the name worldwide.
The relatively unusual surname occurs with a number of variants, however it is now considered these are misspellings rather than true variants.
The surname is a locative surname and is probably derived from the owner of a crossing's name; possibly a corruption of Brown's ford. There is evidence of the recorded burial of a 'Brinsford of Brinsford', a village near Wolverhampton now best known for its' Young Offenders Prison! I have not been able to link this burial to a particular family tree, but it is possible the name originated here.
Historical occurrences of the name
I have not discovered any evidence of the name being associated with an historical event.
There were only 19 occurrences of the surname in the 1881 census, this defines this one name study as a tiny study by the Guild. The Office of National Statistics quotes only 58 occurrences in 2002 of the surname with a rank of 46,401.
Distribution of the name
The name occurs predominantly in Staffordshire/Shropshire in 1881 and earlier. The name spread further South in the late 19th century as families moved South ,following the River Severn; surprisingly no evidence has been found that any have been watermen. There is evidence of the name in the USA in the 18th century.
All GRO index references to 2005 have been collected for Births, Marriages and Deaths registered since 1832. I have details from the 1841 - 1911 censuses inclusive. I have reconstructed most family trees. I collect Parish Records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials before and after 1832. I have yet to discover any early Wills. I also hold some Directory entries.