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About the study

My mother, Edna, was born a Trattles in 1926. In 1995 I commenced researching my own family tree and had very little luck in establishing any accurate information about mams Grandfather John James Trattles. In the hope that I would eventually find him and his parents I commenced gathering information on all Trattles that I found. At the time, information on the WWW was limited and I relied heavily upon local records offices and some very friendly and helpful Trattlers out there! Specific mention has to go to Phyllis Tankins and Joy Wilkins, who provided much raw data in those early days.

My secondary interest/hobby in IT was also developing and I set about making my own personal website which did hold information and a database on my Trattles information. In 10 years I received many contacts and queries from like minded Trattlers across the world. Whilst I believe I was helpful to some, others I never got around to contacting due to personal circumstances in more recent years.

The time has now come to re-establish my Trattles interest and along with re-developing my website and organising my contacts, I have registered the Trattles surname with the Guild of One Name Studies, February 2012.

Variant names

Whilst there are genuine surname variants of Tratles and Trattle many of the variants recorded in census returns have been transcribed into all kinds of weird and wonderful names including : Frattles, Fratles, Fattles, Fatles, Batles and Battles.

Name origin

I have no factual information on the origin of the surname, however it is fair to say that many ancestors of todays Trattles appear to have links to the NE of England (specifically Hinderwell) in the 1600s.

It has been said that Trattles may have come to the shores of England from Denmark, though I have no source material to back this up.

Name frequency

According to Find My Past (I am in the process of comparing this and data - which are inconsistant) there were the following amount of 'Trattles' in the UK at time of the census returns:

1841 - 116
1851 - 108
1861 - 95
1871 - 103
1881 - 110
1891 - 155
1901 - 159
1911 - 177

Distribution of the name