Fun with Old Bailey

I thought it would be fun to look up names that have come and gone through my life and see if I could figure out whether it seemed that my name really had come from England as I’ve been told all my life (“the name Dyer comes from England, when people were named after their profession-so our ancestors dyed cloth” is what I was always told).

Interestingly enough, when I did some research on the name Dyer appearing in the Old Bailey (London’s Central Criminal Court 1674-1913), Dyer only appeared in 658 cases as opposed to my Brother-in-Law’s name ‘Walker’, which appeared in 3614 cases.  As I was looking at the names, it became clear that some of the surnames in my family weren’t prominent in England between the late 1600’s and early 1900’s, so I had to create 2 charts just to get the data to show up.  The names with the most prominence were Dyer, Stevens, Lewis and Walker.  The names with the least prominence were DeWitt, Ault, Sloan and Brewer.

 

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