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About the study

My Grandmother was Lilian SCOREY and on starting my family research a few years ago soon realised that it was an uncommon surname. My research soon led me to Hampshire where I found it easy to collect SCOREY names, which soon developed into family groups. I have been attempting to collate the information to bring all the family groups together with some success. I was greatly helped in the early days by Val Clasby, another SCOREY researcher who gave me lots of information, and so this led to the one name study. In the past few years many more people have shared information with me. I would welcome any piece of information however small and will do my best to answer any queries.

Variant names

The early records often show the name spelt as SCORY, which later died out in favour of SCOREY, with the exception of the Cornwall/Devon group that changed to a modern day spelling of SCOUREY, I'm told it is pronounced Scurrie. Some SCORY/SCOREY variants I found in early London records do appear to be connected to SCHOREY but more research is required in that direction. There is also a modern Scory group in Europe in the area between France & Belgium that I have still to look at, I do not know if they are connected with the UK families yet. Lastly the variant SKORY has also been seen in early records, which is also a name found today in Russia and Scandanavia.

Name origin

The name SCOREY in England appeared to originate in the New Forest area of Hampshire, England. People soon moved to Southampton, South Stoneham and around the coast to Fareham.

There is a Cornwall - Devon group that might be related to an ancient SCORY family that includes Bishop SCORY. The pedigree is supposed to have died out but I hope to disprove that one day. At present I have not found a link to Hampshire.

Other groups are in County Durham some I know came from Hampshire, but others are related to a SCORY/SCOREY born in Paris as a British Subject. There is also a Bristol group who appear to have no roots in the area, with one family been found to come from Hampshire. The famous PC George SCOREY of Wembley Cup Final fame is one of them. The IGI have odd individuals around the country in the past which may well turn out to be misspelt transcriptions or those who moved away for various reasons. I have now discovered an early group of Scorey's in Wiltshire not far from Hampshire, though they have links with London where some lived and worked. Whether these are related from the wealthier Cornwall Scorey group or are connected to Hampshire remains to be seen. Lastly there are a few Yorkshire Scorey's that appear to link in with the Scorah surname.

Name frequency

The 1881 Census shows just 282 bearing the SCOREY/SCORY name, and a check of modern voters register shows 349. The Office for National Statistics give a count in 2002 of 476, ranking 11,800.


I have transcribed the GRO Indexes from 1837 to 2005 for all Births, Marriages & Deaths. I am also intending to find out the spouses for all marriages.

Most census information from 1841 to 1901 has been extracted, and I am now in the process of finding everyone in the recently released 1911 census.

Most if not all Wills, Settlement/Removal Orders from Hampshire Record Office have been obtained, burials from the Hampshire Burial Index as well as the National Burial Index.

Most if not all of the IGI & British Vital Records, and baptisms and marriages from the Hampshire Genealogical Society indexes, as well as from indexes from Sussex & Wiltshire.

From The National Archives I have copies of the Medal Rolls as well as the Seaman Records, and currently looking through CD's of published Medal Rolls taken from the National Archives.

I have also obtained indexes from both Devon and Cornwall FHS's, plus transcripts of BMD's from surrounding southern counties, and wills from both Bristol and Swindon & Wiltshire Record Office.

I have now extracted the information from the National Probate Office Will indexes from 1858-1900. There are not many Wills, so have started to buy them.

I will also be checking parish records where the larger Scorey groups originate from.

I have also started to collect data on Scorey's in Australia, Canada & the USA, and do need help to find out who it was who emigrated.

I would welcome help from anyone researching the SCOREY name and will do my best to help with any queries.

I have made available on the Guild Archive GRO Births & Deaths from 1837 to 1950 and Marriages from 1837 to 1911.