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About the study
The Metheringham One Name Study came about in the late 1980s when, having produced a baby boy, I decided to research his ancestry. In discovering there were relatively few Metheringhams in the BT phone books at the time (70 in all, mainly still in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire), I decided that the best way to ensure the accuracy of my research was to research them all and (in my naivety) piece together one large Metheringham tree. Thirty years later the Metheringham One Name Study has become an obsession and consists of 8 trees (some with possible, if unproven, links to each other) and a large database of unrelated Metheringham data I am slowly trying to link to the existing trees. It is also in danger of eclipsing my original aim of researching my son's tree, which of course, has many more branches to it than Metheringham.
I have tried whenever I can to add interest, so that the trees become a meaningful part of social history and not just a collection of names and dates. To that end I research all available data on the internet, including newspapers, and in several instances have built up detailed personal profiles of individuals
The village and civil parish of Metheringham is today in the North Kesteven District of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 9 miles (14 km) south of the city of Lincoln and 10 miles (16 km) north of Sleaford. Metheringham is a documented settlement in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is thought to date from Saxon times and be associated with the name "Medrich". The addition of the plural ending "-es" together with the familiar "-ham" ending is thought to have produced "Medrichesham" (the homestead of Medrich), which in time became corrupted into the modern name of the village. It therefore follows that most of those bearing the name Metheringham/Meatheringham today will have descended from the original inhabitant/s of the village (if not Medrich himself).
Historical occurrences of the name
It is possible to follow the progress of the family name from predominantly rural locations in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to more industrialised areas and indeed new continents with the progress of the Industrial Revolution from the early 1800s onwards. In recent history the main strongholds for the name are still Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with the notable exception of a large enclave in Hull, Yorkshire. Geographicaly there are now also Metheringhams in the USA and Australia, but for some reason both have usually adopted the Meatheringham derivation of the name.
As at 2016 I have not embarked on a DNA testing project