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About the study
All my life I have been asked the question, 'Are you related to Hugh Paddick?' And all my life I have been forced to reply, 'I don't know.' And despite assertions from my father's cousin that he's closely related I have still to prove it on paper!
I began my one-name study as an extension of my family tree in 1996 in order to answer that question and to find more information about my own family. I am still in the process of building my information - I keep finding new things to look at to find Paddicks!
At present I am only collecting indexes of individuals with the last name Paddick, Paddock or Padwick and common variants (referred to below as Pad__ck for ease of reference). I do have some family trees that have been submitted to me however, and will make some attempt to collate more myself in the future.
I have six variants registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies: Paddack, Paddick, Paddock, Paddocks, Padduck and Padwick (the most common variants around the form of Pad__ck)
The other variants I am collecting are the main variants found of the above names that do not form other distinct surnames: Paddit, Paddich, Paddoch, Padick, Padock
I am not collecting the following variants, partly because the line has to be drawn somewhere, and partly also because they form other distinct surnames from Paddick: Parr_ck, Patt_ck, Pedd_ck, Pett_ck, Pidd_ck, Pitt_ck, Podd_ck, Pott_ck, Pudd_ck, Putt_ck. I may, in later years, expand the study to also include some of these variants. If, in the meantime, you wish to register one or more of these names for yourself, I would be only too pleased to collaborate with your research.
Most Pad__ck people whose origin comes from England or Wales are descended from one of three main groups.
The origin of the larger group in England has been traced by a New Zealand researcher called Rory Paddock. This group was originally from Shropshire though there became a large concentration of the surname around the Walsall area from this family in later years. This name originated as Pearroc and became Paddock through changes in the regional dialect.
I am descended from one of the (smaller) southern groups, evidence of which has been found in the Glastonbury area of Somerset as early as the 15th century. This name was originally Paddocke, and became Paddick through changes in local dialect over time.
The other smaller group come from the south coast, around the Portsmouth area. This name originated as Padwick and this name continues to be used, although Paddick and Paddock have also been used as a variant of this original name. The origin of this name is not known although is thought to be locational.
There are also Pad__cks in Ireland who are descendants of one or all of the above groups; likewise I have been informed that Paddick specifically has a Cornish sound to it so there is a possibility that the South West group is an amalgamation of two origins.
In the mid to late 20th century other variants started to appear in British records, that are likely to originate abroad. These especially include Paddit and Paduch. I have found individuals with both surnames having their names anglicised to Pad__ck.
History of the name
There are or have been several notable individuals with the surname Pad__ck.
Elizabeth Paddock (1766 - 1841) Wife of the landscape painter and gardener William Sawrey Gilpin (1761 - 1843). Two notable letters from Elizabeth to her husband that are held at the Royal Military College in Sandhurst give a good illustration of their life history together. In one she wrote of 'the difficulties of longstanding' with which they were said to be struggling on account of their disabled son, who was living with them as late as 1835.
Tom Paddock (1822 - 1863) British national boxing champion in the mid 19th century. His reputation for brutality and outbursts of violence in what was at that time a gentlemanly sport brought conflict to his life and he died in poverty at a relatively young age.
John Adams Paddock (1825 - 1896) Missionary Bishop of Washington Territory (1880 - 1896) of the American Episcopal Church, founder of a hospital and several schools in Washington State and author of a historical text about a city in Connecticut.
Benjamin Henry Paddock (1828 - 1891) Bishop of Massachusetts (1873 - 1891) of the American Episcopal Church and younger brother of the above. He was the author of several historical and theological works, and was the founder (in 1880) of the annual Bishop Paddock Lectures at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City.
Algernon Sidney Paddock (1830 - 1897) US Senator of the state of Nebraska twice, between 1875 and 1881 and between 1887 and 1893. He also campaigned extensively for the Republican Party, and campaigned against polygamy in the state of Utah.
Charlie Paddock (1900 - 1943) An American athlete and twice Olympic champion in short distance running. At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp he won Gold in the 100m sprint and 4 x 100m relay, and Silver in the 200m sprint. The following year he broke the World Record for the 100 yard sprint, a record which was not broken again for another 25 years. He went on to participate in two further Olympic games and acted in some early films.
Hugh Paddick (1915 - 2000) Perhaps the most notable of the Paddicks, Hugh was an actor who found fame in the role of Julian in the 1960s hit radio show 'Round the Horne'. He played the role alongside Kenneth Williams in a show that was years ahead of its time in comedy and the use of double entendres. He also made appearances in 'Blackadder' and 'Up Pompeii' though spent most of his acting career in theatre.
Brian Paddick (Living) Formerly the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, Brian Paddick hit every news headline in 2002 when it was revealed that as Police Commander in Brixton he had ordered his officers to take a more lenient view on certain narcotic substances. This caused a public scandal, however he has been credited with encouraging the British government to review its policy on cannabis use, which it did in 2004. He has since then gone on to appear on television and develop his political career.
John Chester Paddick (Living), British athlete who participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics in the men's 20km walk.
Paul Paddick (Living), a children's television presenter and actor, from Australia. Best known for his portrayal of Captain Feathersword 'the friendly pirate,' a character associated with the children's band The Wiggles.
Violet and Bruce Paddock (Fictional), sister and brother-in-law of Hyacinth Bucket in the British sitcom 'Keeping Up Appearances'. 'Oh you must know my sister Violet, she's the one with the sauna, the swimming pool and room for a pony!'
There were 898 individuals with the last name Paddick or Paddock on the 1881 Census of England, Scotland and Wales, 2,185 individuals on the 1880 Census of the United States and 72 on the 1881 Census of Canada.
According to an ONS database there were some 464 Paddicks and 1,641 Paddocks in England and Wales as of September 2002. Out of almost 240,000 surnames this made Paddock the 4,388th most popular, and Paddick the 12,036th most popular.
Distribution of the name
The Pad__ck name is now found across the world. The main concentrations in the United Kingdom continue to be in the Midlands and in the South where the three groups originate however through migration there are now other distinct groups in London, the larger cities of the North and in Wales.
The name may also be found in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
I am currently in the early stages of my one-name study. I have all occurrences of my registered names from:
- GRO Index of Births for England and Wales from 1837 to 1983 (just over 5,000 entries)
- GRO Index of Marriages for England and Wales from 1837 to 1983 (just over 4,000 entries)
- GRO Index of Deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 1983 (just over 5,000 entries)
- 1881 Census of England, Scotland and Wales (just under 900 entries)
- 1891 Census of Scotland (10 entries)
- 1901 Census of Scotland (3 entries)
- International Genealogical Index of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia and South Africa