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About the study
Historical occurrences of the name
According to the ONS database there were 108 Madders at September 2002. This makes it the 31,572th most common name in England and Wales. Mader is the 35,355th at 90.
In the 1881 British census there were 127 Madders and 4 Maders. In the USA 1880 census the numbers were 175 and 837, which reflects the large numbers of Germanic immigrants of that name. I have not yet done any research into the Continental version of the name
Distribution of the name
All of the Madder entries from the General Register Offices for England & Wales (since 1837) have been recorded (approximately 1250 entries).
All copies of pre 1858 wills in Norfolk and Suffolk have been obtained, as well as all PCC wills at TNA. The 30 odd grants of probate since 1858 in England and Wales have also been recorded.
A large number of entries from Parish Registers have been collected and most census entries for Madder.
A DNA project has been set up.