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Surname Studies

Hello there,

Have been pondering on doing a one name study (ONS) for a while, but wasn’t sure about committing myself  in doing one. Also was difficult trying to decide which surname to do. (see below for the process steps)

But I have finally decided and going with TWO surnames!, one for each side of my family. The two surnames I picked are Whitnall (my mothers side) & Merriman (my dads side)

Have now registered both the surnames with Guild of One-Name Studies & the Surname Society

The process
– Making a surname shortlist
– Seeing where the clusters were (in my personal family tree)
– Sussing out surname stats, for this I looked at the “Surnames of England and Wales” website as well as the “forebears” website

– Sussing out scale of what would be involved (looking at Ancestry, Find my Past, Familysearch etc

– Til finally I go “mad” and just dive in

Oh nearly forgot to mention, I ordered the Guild’s book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” The art of One Name Studies.

So just waiting till I hear back from the Guild, meanwhile I’m going make a start!

That’s all I have for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Surname Saturday

Hello there,

For todays ‘Blog Prompt’ we’ll be looking at the Surname Snell , in particular, my paternal 2nd Great Grandfather. Quite a tangled web he is, but also rather an interesting person. This is a little snippet from Anna Dumitriu who is a Henry’s Gt. Granddaughter.

Henry James Snell 1842-1927. A renowned stained glass and ceramic painter (with studios in London and Brighton), a playwright and a songwriter (and father of seventeen children by three different women). Five of his books of plays, poems and enamel painting techniques can be found in the British Library rare books collection and he was known to have painted over three thousand stained glass windows.  Here’s a link to Anna’s Blog

Well was trying to write a little bit about Henry James Snell, but found it harder then it looked, so here you go, a screen shot of his profile within my tree on Ancestry.

Henry James Snell

Snell Name Meaning This interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from a nickname for a brisk or active person, from the Middle English (1200 – 1500) “snell”, quick, lively, in part representing a survival of the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name “Snell”, similar to the Old Norse “Snjallr”. Surname Database


That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Edit 21 Dec 2014

Anna Dumitriu is my 2nd cousin 1x removed.

Also I’ve only realised I hadn’t included my link to Henry James Snell

– Henry James Snell & Sarah Ann Harwood, their daughter was Florence Snell
– Florence married Joesph Peter Tognoli, who had Savina Evelyn Tognoli.
– Savina Evelyn Tognoli is my paternal grandmother

Oh, regarding Sarah Ann Harwood & Henry James Snell, the marriage has not been proven as yet, there may not have even been a marriage. But I have found the marriage for Sarah Jessie.

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