Update on Cornwall and E&W

UpdateCEW

It has been a long, long while since I started compiling data from Cornwall in the period between 1813 and 1837 & the England & Wales area for 1838 and progress has been slow owing to college work and general lack of will to compile the data (laziness being one of the reasons, the thought of having to compile such huge data making me feel awful being another).
However, the results so far has a few hidden annotations to cover.

First of all, here’s the top 10 combined names (most popular variant on table) from Cornwall with 18 parishes (some large) complete with girls first and then boys (variant names included in order).

# Name %age # Name %age
1 Mary 20.207% 1 John 20.090%
2 Elizabeth* 16.682% 2 William* 18.430%
3 Jane* 8.631% 3 Thomas 9.193%
4 Ann* 8.208% 4 Richard 8.266%
5 Eliza* 3.008% 5 James* 7.803%
6 Grace 2.992% 6 Henry 4.230%
7 Catherine* 2.882% 7 Joseph* 3.453%
8 Sarah 1.817% 8 Samuel* 3.004%
9 Caroline 1.676% 9 George 2.900%
10 Maria 1.472% 10 Edward 2.392%
Includes: Elisabeth, Elisabetha, Jan, Anne, Elisa, Catharine, Catherin, Catherina, Cathrine and Katharine Includes: Wiliam, Jaimes, Jose, Josep and Samuell

One of the names that really stand out here is Grace, ranking 6th at the moment. Compare that to Elea Nickerson’s top 200 names for the E&W area in 1860 where Grace ranked 55th, proving that this name was especially popular in that particular county at the time.
One other name that was most often used in Cornwall but doesn’t appear on this table is Philippa (variants including Phillipa and Phillippa).

Now, here are the top 10 names (mistranscriptions combined only) for the England & Wales in 1838 with 5.3% completed.

# Name %age # Name %age
1 Mary 16.290% 1 John 14.717%
2 Elizabeth 10.678% 2 William 13.907%
3 Sarah 8.757% 3 Thomas 9.302%
4 Ann 7.344% 4 James 7.856%
5 Jane 5.473% 5 George 7.644%
6 Eliza 3.951% 6 Henry 4.927%
7 Emma 3.612% 7 Joseph 4.513%
8 Hannah 3.015% 8 Charles 3.896%
9 Martha 2.567% 9 Robert 3.251%
10 Ellen 2.468% 10 Richard 2.698%

The top 5 girl names all appeared in their same positions in Elea’s 1860 list. For the boy names, the top 2 names were swapped around in 1860 with William being the king.

So, this is what they look like at the moment. The rankings may change as I am progressing towards getting these done.

Sources:
Cornwall (and Devon) Parish Registers via Family Search – https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1769414
FreeBMD (England & Wales Birth Index) – http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

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