Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
Contact: Mr Stephen Daglish
The Teece one-name study was first registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies by Brian Victor Teece (Guild member 909).
Brian passed away in February 2019. He had been a member of the Guild since 1986 and was an authority on Teece family history and had established a network of contacts around the world. In his will he left a bequest to the Guild of One-Name Studies to maintain and continue research into the Teece name.
The Guild Committee agreed to allow the Teece study to be re-registered in memory of Brian, to preserve his research and to build on this.
I am acting as caretaker of this project and will take on the task of the initial set up. This includes a website that will feature Brian's work in a searchable database: see link above. This may be useful to those interested in the family history of Teece familes.
If you have information about Teece families, or would be interested in helping with the project, or taking over the study, please do let me know.
More updates will appear as the project moves forward.
Brian Teece registered Teese, Tease and Tees as variants for the study.
From my own research, I see that these spellings were often used in documents, particularly older documents, but in almost all cases the name settled to the Teece spelling; they might be regarded as "deviants".
The study does not at this stage cover all families with these spellings - the exception being a Teese family from Liverpool that Brian did reserach and include.
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland (Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure) shows:
English: relationship name from the Middle English (Old French) female personal name Ti(e)ce or *Tece . It was a Norman borrowing of Continental Germanic Ti(e)ts(i)a , Tetsia , pet forms of various Continental Germanic names in Theud- .
Oxford University Press, 2016.
The website forbears.io gives the following distribution as at 2014:
The name is most frequently found in England in the counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire, with significant migration to other parts of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Details of numbers can be seen in the table above.
Within England, the counties and regions with the highest distribution in 2014 were:
Others include North Yorkshire (28), Worcestershire (27), Herefordshire (24), East Yorkshire (23), Lancashire (16) and Leicestershire, Norfolk and Warwickshire (15 each).
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