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About the study
History of the name
Distribution of the name
Before 1870 the only emigration of Trudgills from Norfolk and Suffolk was a single person to London, probably in the 1830s, and the marriage did not produce future bearers of the name. After 1870 small groups and single families moved to Lancashire via Stoke on Trent, to Yorkshire, to Durham and to London. After the advent of fuller education and the growth of the professions, a greater diffusion has occurred, with Trudgills found at times in a majority of counties in Britain.
Norfolk may still have the highest incidence of the name, but in recent years the highest Trudgill proportion in a population was apparently in N.E. Scotland, where there were 7 Trudgills!
There has been minimal international migration - one or two to the USA and a similar number to Canada.
Apart from many other uses of DNA information, the hope and intention is to establish a definitive Trudgill marker pattern and then compare it with patterns of similar surnames, especially from Suffolk. Progress towards the ancestors of William Threadgill/Trodgell is held up by the absence of relevant parish registers in many parishes in north Suffolk.
The project is now running, and we invite members.
The address is http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Trudgill