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About the study
My one name study started, like many others, with my own personal research into my maternal grandmother's ancestry. She was a SENNETT, born in Normanton, West Yorkshire. My mother remembered visiting her relatives in Normanton as a child, and being aware of the large numbers of relatives in Normanton. I quickly became aware that most of the SENNETTs in Yorkshire appeared to be related and started collecting all references to the surname there. As well as the Yorkshire SENNETTs, I noticed that several other areas of England also had significant numbers of people with the same surname, and I wondered if they would be able to be linked at some point. It also interested me that the family in Yorkshire were miners who had come from Avoca in Co Wicklow, Ireland
In 2011 I registered the SENNETT one name study and began to more formally collect up further references and reconstruct families.
(This section is currently being updated)
Historical occurrences of the name
Col David Sinnott - Governer of Wexford (c1649); 'The Synnot Children, 1781' painted by Joseph Wright of Derby. These were Maria, Marcus and Walter, children of Sir Walter Synnot (1742-1821) and his wife Jane of Ballymoyer, Co Armagh;
Mack Sennett (silent movie producer) - originally born Michael Sinnott in 1880 in Canada (of Irish ancestry);
Lieutenant John Sinnott, author of 'A Military Catechism' (Portsmouth 1841);
Colonel Edward Stockley Sinnott (1868-1969), civil engineer;
Maude Arncliffe Sennett (1862-1936) - suffragette and anti-vivisection campaigner;
Sir Richard Sennett (1852-1947) - sheriff of the City of London 1923-34;
Hilary Nicholas Hugh Synnott, CMG (b1945) - diplomat;
brothers Frederick (1830-66) and Alfred Percy Sinnett (1840-1921) who were both journalists; Frederick also carried out extensive surveys of the northern Flinders Ranges, and Sinnett Peak is named after him;
The town of Sennett, New York was named after Daniel Sennett, a prominent citizen and circuit judge.
(please see http://www.britishsurnames.co.uk/surnames/SENNETT/ for up to date data).
Frequency of the SENNETT surname from the above website was about 8 per million people in 1881 in the UK, and about 11 per million in the UK now. In the US, current frequency is about 7 per million, with about 3 per million in Australia. In spite of the Irish origins of most of these, there are very few people in Ireland using this spelling.
Frequency of the SINNOTT/SINNETT surnames appears to be slightly higher than SENNETT, and SYNNOTT slightly lower.
Distribution of the name
Data held currently includes
- - UK birth, marriage, and death index data from 1837 to close to the present;
- - UK census data from 1841 to 1911
- - a large amount of data from the parish records that are now available online
More than half of this information has been collated as reconstructed extended family trees, (with one group having in excess of 500 linked people, not including spouses or female line descendants).
- - Canadian census and other information (mostly Sinnott and Synnotts of Irish Origin) with many in the Prince Edward Island, Quebec and other areas linked into extended family trees
- - US Census records 1850-1940 (some gaps). Linking of families is progressing well.
- - so far only a few in Australia or other countries (and all connected to english families)
- - work is progressing well on collecting and collating major datasets for the variants SINNOTT, SINNETT and SYNNOTT. With the online recent release of Irish Catholic Parish Records, work is now progressing well in reconstructing Irish families.