Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Pether, Pethers, Pither
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Miss Natalie Pithers
The Pither(s) One Name Study is in it's early stages. Using the GRO Birth Index, I have entered all Births from 1837 to 1881 for Pither and Pithers into my database. These are organised into family groups where possible, e.g. all children born in Kensington with a mother's maiden name of Neighbour are in one family unit. I am now reviewing each family against Marriages, Deaths and Census records. I have many duplicates, such as fathers of a family group that are also the son of another family group. I'm slowly merging these and narrowing down the trees. As I find a family in the census I try to follow them backwards and forwards, adding other children that have not yet been captured by my review of the Birth index. Similarly, I add earlier pre-1837 Pither(s).
I am currently looking into setting up a TNG website to share this data.
My next steps will be to add Births after 1881 and then to repeat the process. I will then go back and add Pether(s) in the same manner.
Most Pithers families start as a Pither and the 's' gets added later. The spelling Pether(s) is sometimes a deviant (Pither spelt or transcribed incorrectly) and sometimes a variant - a family started as Pither and became Pether of via versa.
My initial focus is on Pither(s) spellings but the study welcomes any Pether(s) information and that variant is firmly on our 'to do list'.
Pither(s) appears to originate in the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey.
Many branches migrated towards London but there are also a few North-England Pither(s) and a scattering in Dorset and Somerset.
Pither(s) in the rest of the world have not yet been looked at in any great detail. However, we are interested in a Pither(s) so please do contact us if you have a branch - whether it be in Hampshire of Hungry, Amersham or America!
Pither(s) is an unusual surname. The 2002 database at the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveals that there were only a combined total of 2,033 Pither(s) and Pether(s). Pethers in particular was very rare with only about 236 persons having the surname.
According to the transcriptions of the 1881 census held at www.familysearch.org there were only 480 Pither, 174 Pithers, 230 Pether and 55 Pethers at the time of the census. Obviously, this doesn't account for those whose names have been spelt incorrectly, but it does give you an idea of the size of the surname.
I have a blog at www.genealogystories.co.uk/blog which often features Pither(s) persons.
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