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About the study
I have three names registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies: Mackman and its variant, Makeman and Mackmin which is not a variant. I have registered Mackmin as a separate surname.
I also collect all references to the name Mackmain but have not registered it with the Guild as I can find no reference to any living person with the surname "Mackmain".
Historical occurrences of the name
The earliest reference to Mackman is to be found in the baptism records of St John the Baptist Church, Peterborough where Thomas Mackman's son Nicholas was christened on 13 April 1574. I haven't yet established a link between Thomas and the Common Ancestor, James Makeman, who was christened at Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire on 10 January 1747/8.
James Makeman is the Common Ancestor of over 80% of the Mackmans.
The other branches are descended from
- Francis McMan who was born in Ireland around 1819,
- Robert Mackman whose son Robert was christened at St James Church, Poole, Dorset on 30 June 1822.
- Lena Drotman who was born in Russia on 15 March 1886. She married four times. Her second husband was Louis Mackman. Lena had three children with Louis. Her first two children took Louis' surname.
The Taliesin Arlein website shows 395 Mackmans in England and Wales for September 2002.
I have a spreadsheet with a list of the names of the 471 living Mackmans that I know about. The total has hovered around 470s mark for many years.
Distribution of the name
I have gathered all occurrences of the Mackman surname that I can find from:
- The GRO Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2011
- The Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths for Scotland from 1855 to 2006
- The England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1911
- The published US and Canadian censuses
- The International Genealogical Index of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia and South Africa
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records,
- The United States Social Security Death Index
- England & Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941
- Phone books for the United States, Canada and Australia
- Miscellaneous records including passenger lists, directories, London Gazette, NBI etc.
- The 1939 Register
I have fallen behind checking the entries in the UK Phone Books mainly because I haven't discovered a new adult English Mackman for years so it hardly seems worth while checking the phone books when I believe that I know who everyone is and how to contact them.