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Old 16th April 2018, 12:12   #1
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Hardest English surname to research in your tree.

I'll start the ball rolling.

Austin. variations include, Ausden, Aston, Asten, Astin.....and so on.

I know there are plenty of hard ones in Scotland, Ireland & Wales, but for the moment, lets focus in England.


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Re: Hardest English surname to research in your tree.

You'd think Smith but forget Smith, the rarer surnames are the hardest TBH as they have a zillion variants. Teager, Wallaker, Titshall.

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Re: Hardest English surname to research in your tree.

I had fun with Yearsley. So far I've come across Yeardsley, Yardsley, Yarsley, various versions of those three without the e before the y. The best, however, was Yurzly.

And then theer's Branthwaite - Branthwhite, Branthwit, Braithwiate Branthwat and Branhat to name but a few. Thank Heavens I've got a lot of Smiths but even those don't get left alone -Smithe, Smyth, Smythe, Smaith. I've even found a Smuth.

Just don't get me started on Smurthwaite!

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Bracegirdle. Must have millions of variants from Beargudle to Brucegirdle.

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Re: Hardest English surname to research in your tree.

My Barraclough > Barrowcluff almost as bad.

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