Nuneaton Millennium Project
[a "thousand" names for a "thousand" years]


List of names taken from Various references for Nuneaton
Compiled & Copyright: © Eur Ing Alan F Cook BSc CSci CEng CGeol FIMMM FGS 2000, revised 2004

This SURNAME-TYPE INDEX of Nuneaton includes peoples' surname-types where there is at least one or more reliable, independent archival source from censuses, terriers, registers, court records, taxes, indentures, rolls, bequests, wills, leases, polls, charters and manorial surveys etc. There may be certain omissions because the selection of names has been subjected to complicated screening techniques. It has been necessary to omit some names to prevent this index duplicating the census or electoral register which already exist yet at the same time thoroughly cross-referencing the surname-types included to make this a practical genealogical reference book.
Acknowledgements                         Preface                         References                         Classification of Surnames

It is worth expanding on the criteria for the surnames that were compiled for this study:

      - families that lived for 2 or more successive generations in the area

      - families that made success or notoriety of what they inherited or were given

      - families that rose to fame or notoriety and survived the consequences

      - families that succeeded despite much adversity

Nuneaton has experienced a steady influx of people since monastic times, especially with the development of the Mediaeval clay industry, coal mining, quarrying and weaving. The rate of population doubling for the Nuneaton local town area is estimated from various censuses and records in the Public Record Office:

population 625 in 1560 
  70 years to double
population 1,250 in 1630 
  75 years to double
population 2,500 in 1705 
  60 years to double
population 5,000 in 1765 
  120 years to double
population 10,000 in 1850 
  16 years to double
population 20,000 in 1901 
  24 years to double
population 40,000 in 1925 

The post-Domesday population grew very slowly e.g. overall net gain of less than 10 people per year; the population was obviously much reduced by the Black Death in the 14thC. Between the plague and 1670, the rate of population growth restored to less than 10 per year overall net gain. By 1670 this reached 10+ per year. From 1700 to 1885 it increased to approximately 40 per year.

After 1885 this influx began to accelerate dramatically with people coming from farther afield to settle. It should be remembered many families also left the area some never to come back!. A considerable number of families have therefore come and gone throughout time. There are approximately 147 family surname-types names in BOLD who can trace their roots back four centuries or more without too much difficulty.

There are just over half of those who may have even longer family connections with this town many are listed in the Constable Survey. These phenomena were brought about by the industrial and agricultural revolutions 1680-1890, turnpike roads 1650-1800, canals 1700-1800 and railways 1830-1955. The Nuneaton area's population estimate for 2001 A.D. is approximately 125,000; many of those people may find they have roots in this area, albeit from diverging branches of their pedigrees.

The following 147 names are local families with track records of four centuries or more :

ADECOCK, ALDRIDGE, ALLEN, ARCHER, ASHE, ASTELL, ASTLEY, ATKINS, BAKER, BANASTER, BARKER, BARNES, BARNWELL, BATES, BAXTER, BAYLY, BENNETT, BENTLEY, BOND, BONNER, BRETT, BROOKES, BRYAN, BUTLER, CARTER, CATTELL, CAVE, CLARK, COCKS, COMPTON, COOK, CORBITT, CORLEYE, COTTON, CURTEYS, DANNELLY, DAVIES, EDWARDS, EVERETT, FALK, FAUKONER, FAUKS, FAWCETT, FEILDING, FISHER, FORD, FRERE, GIBBE, GILBERT, GLEN, GOULD, GREEN, GREY, HADDON, HAINES, HALL, HARDING, HARRIS, HENRY, HEWITT, HILL, HINDMAN, HOLDEN, HULL, HUMFREY, INGE, INSLEY, JABET, JACQUES, JEFFERY, JELLIFFE, JERVIS, JOHNSON, LARGE, LAWRENCE, LEAKE, LEE, LUDFORD, MARSHALL, MARTEN, MASON, MICHEL, MILLER, MOORE, ODAM, ORCHARD, PAGET, PALMER, PARKER, PAYNE, PEARSON, PEEK, PERKINS, PORTER, POUTNEY, RALPHS, RANDLE, RATCLIFFE, REDE, RICHARDSON, RILEY, ROBERTS, ROBINSON, ROGERS, ROLF, de ROS, RUSSELL, SALISBURY, SANDERS, SCOTT, SELBY, SHEPHERD, SMITH, SOULE, SPARK, STARKEY, STOCKS, STOKES, SUMNER, SWAIN, SWANN, TAYLOR, THOMPSON, THORKELL, THORPE, TOWNSEND, TURNER, TYLER, VEASEY, VINCENT, WADCOCK, WAGSTAFF, WAITE, WALE, WALKER, WALTON, WARD, WARING, WATSON, WATTS, WETTON, WHEATLEY, WHITE, WILSON, WODEWARD, WOOD & WRIGHT.

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