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2,466 study surnames with us
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About the study

My name is Julie Goucher and I began researching my family history in 1986. My maternal line focuses on the English Counties of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire with a further line in Warwickshire, although there have been branches of the families migrating to Australia, Canada and having links with India. I began researching my husband's ancestors in 1993.
The One Name Study for the name of ORLANDO,which is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies, commenced in February 2002, focusing on my paternal Italian Ancestry, by the time I had finally decided to register the One Name Study I had been researching my family history for 16 years. 

If fate had played a very different hand my maiden name would have been Orlando, and many of the questions that I have about the name and my Italian ancestry would indeed have been answered, and as genealogists know, only too well, what seems impossible, has a certain charm about it, and generally results in many, many hours of research.

The name ORLANDO is an Italian name, with my own research focusing on Sicily, but nevertheless, material about the origins of the name, is short supply and is linked to the name of Roland. Details about this part of the study appear elsewhere, except to say try putting the name ORLANDO into a search engine, I used Google, and once you have discarded the many sites about a holiday in Orlando Florida, there are some interesting sites and further lines of enquiry.

One of the initial things that made me decide to research the name more fully was stumbling across a marriage reference in Woking Surrey England in 1901 of an Orlando, nothing odd in that, except that my own branch of the Orlando's did not arrive in the area until sixty years later, or did they? Every study has a catalyst and this was mine.

Linked with the Orlando One Name Study is the  Sutera One Place Study which is the commune in Sicily that my own family hails from.

In the last year or so I have been making a degree of headway of getting my material on-line. It is quite a task and as one might expect it is taking time. Firstly I redesigned the Orlando website into data sets, because from the beginning the Orlando study has been international. As I am uploading the material and indexes I am creating a master index which is housed in Google Drive and is available to researchers. I also created a newsletter called Orlando News which is available to download or read via the Orlando website and a copy of each edition is also lodged with the British Library and the Guild library. There is also a Facebook group, which I am hoping will grow and develop over time and a DNA project.

Variant names

Varients included with this study are ORLANDA, ORLANDE.

History of the name

As well as details on the surname, I am also collating details of different Orlando's - Such as Orlando Cherry Brandy (I have a rather large collection of the china urns!) and H M S Orlando.

Name frequency

 The biggest instances of the Surname can be found in Italy and outside of Italy in the United States. There are Orlando's across the globe and collating the data is going to be a lifetime's work and will almost certainly outlive me!
There have been instances of the surname within the British Isles since the early 1800's and in some cases they were merely passing through, using the British Isles as a stepping stone to pastures new, probably the United States.
A search of Surname Atlas, which is published by Steve Archer reveals one instance of the name of Orlando in 1881 Census. On checking the original Census the Orlando references was enumerated incorrectly and the surname was Deslandes, a well known and respected ship building family from Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Distribution of the name

Distribution of the Orlando Surname in Italy
Distribution of the Orlando name in Italy (above) and the USA (below)  from THIS website
Distribution of the Surname of Orlando in the USA


Material indexed in the study depends on the locality of the record.
* Birth & Baptisms
* Marriage index
* Deaths & Burials
* Probate & Wills
* Obituaries
* Monumental Inscriptions
* Military Records
* Trade Directories
* Census Material  (UK) ~ {1841} {1851} {1861} {1871} {1881} {1891} {1901} {1911}
* Census Material (Other Nations)
* Newspapers Articles
* Photographic Material
* Biographies
* Family Groups
* Miscellaneous records
* Scrapbook ~ Non Specific Information for the name of Orlando
* Overseas Material
* Passenger Lists
* Orlando One Name Study Bibliography
* Orlando News (ISSN 2053 8987)
The Orlando Study is very much a continuing work in progress and welcomes contact from those interested in the surname anywhere and any additions to the study.


The Orlando DNA Project formed on 11th November 2007.  
There is a study website located at
We are actively looking for people to contribute to the study.