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2,405 study surnames with us
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About the study

My One Name study began, like many, more by accident than design, believing the name of Pamplin to be extremley rare, I noted all references I found. Pamplin is my maiden name and encouraged by my late Father and Husband I joined the Guild approximately five years ago. Are we, all Pamplin's related?

Variant names


Name origin

A number of origins for the name have been found/given. The most common is Locative. Surname DB state 'This interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is locational from a now 'lost' place thought to have been in Essex.'

Micheal Ian Coyne's book on The History of The Pamphilion Family of Essex England, believes that in the early thirteenth century merchants of Pamplona (Pamphyloun to the French Speaking in Navarre) were given a licence to trade with England. One or more settled here and the 'of' was lost. His book concentrates on those from Essex, within a hundred years the name became Pamphilon. Does Pamplin link to this? I hope to find out.

Historical occurrences of the name


Name frequency

Using data from the census the approximate numbers are:

1841 265 people in England and Wales

1851 271 people in England and Wales

1861 279 people in England and Wales

1871 313 people in England and Wales

1881 356 people in England and Wales

1891 455 people in England and Wales

1901 506 people in England and Wales

1911 485 people in England and Wales

Distribution of the name

Certainly the largest concentration of Pamplin's can be found in Essex by using the census data.

An Essex Pamplin moved to Northumberland and then on to Lancashire and Yorkshire linking these people. A second group again linking back to Essex involves Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and Cornwall. Merionth (in Wales) links to Middlesex.

Those living in Berkshire are linked to Hampshire.

Finally there is a group in Cambridgeshire.

I am aware also of groups of Pamplin's to be found in:

New Zealand
South Africa
United States of America.


I started this project years ago when pen (pencil at local records offices) and paper was normal. Most of my data is stored in family groups in this form, but I have now joined the twentyfirst century and slowly starting to transfer my data onto the computer, with the aid of my husband.

So far on the computer I have:

GRO Birth index 1837 - 1963
GRO Marriage index 1837 - 1951
GRO Death index 1837 - 1950