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Our 2,765 members have registered
2,405 study surnames with us
and a further 6,120 variant names.

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About the study

I began the one-name study after an attempt to prove or disprove the family rumour that we were related to Harold Gimblett, the Somerset and England cricketer. As a result I collected a lot of information about the Somerset branch of this name. Looking on the 1881 census, I realised that Gimblett and its' variants were not common names and the rest, as they say, is history.

Variant names

The registered variants of Gimblett are Gimblet, Gimblette, Gimlett, Gimlet, Gimlette

Name frequency

There's not many Gimbletts out there! In the 1881 census there were 282 instances of the name. This jumped to 385 in the twenty years to the 1901 census. However, according to the ONS statistics at http:/, there are only 312 instances of the name in England and Wales as at September 2002. Some Gimblett's emigrated but I have little information as to density and distribution.

Distribution of the name

On the home front, Gimbletts appear to have concentrated mainly in the South West of England and South Wales. Obviously some strayed and they have been found in London, Newcastle and the Isle of Wight among other places. Some earlier Gimbletts have been found in Birmingham and Essex.


Civil Registration index entries for births, marriages and deaths from 1837 to 2013

Probably about 99% of census records for 1841 - 1911

Probate index from 1858 to 2015

Many marriage certificate transcripts for post 1837 marriages

A good collection of UK parish records 

USA Census entries from 1850 - 1940

Canada Census entries from 1861 - 1911

Good selection of BMD information for USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland

Worldwide entries for the IGI


I have just set up a DNA project, which can be found here.