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About the study

My childhood holidays were spent at a variety of seaside resorts in England with an occasional trip to London. I remember that my father would always look in the phone book in the hotel room to check if there were any Mackmans. I recollect that there were Mackmans only in the London phone books and that there were not many of them. In 1988 I thought it would be a good idea to see just how many Mackmans there were in all the phone books in the United Kingdom. Helped by my daughter and one of her friends I spent a couple of hours at the Central Library in York were we found just 99 Mackmans including myself. We subsequently wrote to all the Mackmans we had found and asked if they would be willing to complete a questionnaire. The Mackmans who returned our questionnaire gave us the building blocks that enabled us to build up a picture of how all Mackmans are related to each other and from whom they are descended. The thrust of our research has been to try to establish if there is just one Common Ancestor from whom all Mackmans are descended.

In 1989, when checking Mackmans in the IGI, I came across the record of a John Joseph Sumner Mackman (JJSM) who was christened at the Church of St Benet, Paul'€™s Wharf, in the City of London on 19 March 1797.

John was married twice. By his first wife, Frances Anna Taylor, he had four children and by his second, Amelia Hodder Dore, he had eight. None of the children had Mackman descendants. They were all Mackmins.

In 1989, as I didn'€™t appreciate that there would be no Mackmans down the line, I kept on collecting Mackmin details until I had tied all living Mackmins back to JJSM. There are two cases where someone was adopted by a Mackmin and had Mackmin offspring. I have yet to find a living Mackmin who is not connected to JJSM.

Name origin

The earliest reference to Mackmin is to be found in the 1775 will of a John Mackmin of St Botolph, Aldgate, London, who referred to his father in Maybol in the Shire of Ayr. This is likely to be Maybole in Ayreshire which gives Mackmins a Scottish connection. It could be that Mackmin is a variant of Mcminn as Mcminns appear to have a Maybole connection.

Name frequency

The Taliesin Arlein website shows 42 Mackmins in England and Wales for September 2002.

I have a spreadsheet with a list of the names of the 88 living Mackmins in the world that I know about. The total has hovered around this mark for many years.

Distribution of the name

The Mackmin name is found in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. I have found a record of 39 Mackmins currently living in the USA. All the others I have discovered live in England.


I have gathered all occurrences of the Mackmin 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 Mackmin 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.