Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Alan Ashton
The attempt to track the Surr family began in earnest in 2015 upon my retirement. I attempted to track my 4 grandparents and my wife's grandparents. The Surr connection is my paternal grandmother's maiden name and this is also the end point of this particular branch of the Surr family.
This overly ambitious plan rapidly grew to unmanageable proportions so I have taken the decision to concentrate on just one of these eight lines of enquiry.
The Surr names was registered withe Guild of One-Name Studies in 2019.
There are two possible meaning of the Surr name, both of which are of medieval French origin.
The first being that it is a nickname surname for a peasant who gave himself airs and graces.
The second that it is an occupational name for someone in the service of a great lord.
The derivation is from the Old French "sor" or "sieur", sire or sir.
Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980-2017
Using data from Findmypast for UK censuses the number of individuals with the surname of Surr peaked in 1911 census at 260.
In the pre-war 1939 Register there are 197 Surr entries.
Analysing census data, using Findmypast, in the 1881 to 1911 returns the most populous counties for the Surr name were Yorkshire (West Riding) and Lancashire.
There are smaller numbers in Yorkshire (North Riding) and Lincolnshire. In both of these counties there is a generally reducing trend from 1841 to 1911.
Middlesex had a significant number of Surr family members in the 1861 census which then reduced in subsequent years.
Other counties having instances of the Surr name in census data are Gloucestershire, Surrey, Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Northumberland, Suffolk, Herefordshire,
I am currently aware of the existence of the Surr surname in the United States, Canada, Australia, Wales and Scotland.
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