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About the study
After retiring I decided to discover more about the Spowages and it soon became clear that this was an unusual name. A chat to a friendly Guild Member at the Woking Family History Fair in late 2003 convinced me that a one name study was a good idea.
Research into the Spowage name started slowly near the end of 2004. The first task was to obtain relevant information from the Births Marriage and Death registers held at the Family History Centre (now closed) and as much Census information that was easily available. A systematic approach was taken to enter the observations into a database.
In 2007 a start was made on developing mini-trees. Considerable help was also obtained from contacts through Genes Reunited. The study will eventually evolve to include everyone who enjoyed the name.
Historical occurrences of the name
Only a few Spowages emigrated but two that are not directly related were transported to Australia as convicts.
In an extract of the UK Office of National Statistics database for 2002, the name Spowage is ranked 14,758, with 349 instances.
Distribution of the name
A similar pattern occurs in 1911- Nottinghamshire (47%), Derbyshire (17%), Lincolnshire (10%), West Yorkshire (9%), and East Yorkshire (8%).
Other details have started to be extracted from the International Geographical Index (IGI), parish registers and burial records. Information from contacts is being included as the project evolves.
A small amount of data on the Spouge population has been analysed, so far, as the name occasionally appears to morph into Spowage without a clear explanation.
Although due care has been taken there is no guarantee that the information in this profile is accurate.