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About the study
The study was born out of desperation after encountering a genealogical brick wall. Official records had been lost during bombing in World War 2 so I started collecting all references to the name Farthing which I believed was an unusual name.
As the study has grown, I have built up quite a database from my research and that of others who have contacted me. I have been able to construct some family groups and put people in touch with others who share the same ancestors.
I would be delighted to hear from anyone either wanting information or with details to share.
Historical occurrences of the name
My family assured me that the name Farthing was very unusual; despite living in London, they had never encountered anyone with the same name. They must have lead very sheltered lives.
In the 1881 census return there were 1586 Farthings. From figures produced by the Office of National Statistics in 1992, that number had risen to 2,200.
Distribution of the name
Today in the U.K. the name Farthing is most numerous in the following areas in descending order; East Anglia especially Suffolk, the West Country, Greater London, the North East especially around Newcastle on Tyne, Kent and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Other countries with significant Farthing populations are Australia, Canada, the U.S.A. and New Zealand.