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In any locality, certain family surnames names recur through the years from the beginning of available records while others are relative 'newcomers' to the area.
Looking at the Winchester Pipe Roll records from AD1210, we see personal names in Headley such as Hugo de Putum, Philip 'the miller', William Palmer, Henry Covenant and Hugh Sewarde.
At this time surnames were not settled, and tended to relate to a person's actual occupation or location. Thus, Hugo probably lived by a well (the Latin for well being putum) while Philip was described by his trade as miller.
It is unlikely that descendants of these two men would have retained the surnames Wells and Miller in future generations, unless they happened to stay living by the well or continued to be millers until probably the 1400s when surnames began to become more fixed as family names.
However, as spelling was inconsistent before about the mid-1800s, even when surnames became fixed it is sometimes difficult to decide which variations of a name to consider as a family line when tracing from these early times.
It gives us a particular problem nowadays when we try to 'sort' a computer file of, say, baptisms, marriages and burials into sequence by surname, since the machine cannot easily identify the differences in spelling as relating to the same family.
One technical solution to this is for the researcher to decide on a particular spelling of a surname and to add this consistently as a separate entry to his records. He may than sequence his records by this entry rather than by the original erratic spelling.
Thus, in Headley, we see that Clere, Cleer, Cleere, and Clear are all (clearly!) from one and the same family in the burial records from the 1500s through to the 1800s.
The same may be said of Fifield, Fiffel and Fyfield in the early 1800s, and of Pickett and Piggott (try saying both in a Hampshire accent) during the same period.
While this does indeed provide a practical solution up to a point, the researcher must take care, particularly in more recent years, not to cluster separate families together who have no close relationship to each other. From around the end of the 1800s, as literacy becomes more prevalent, different spellings of surnames (for example Fifield and Fyfield) start to become significant and may indeed indicate separate lines on a genealogical tree.
A particular case in point is that of Alden and Allden. This surname arrived in Headley in both forms during the late 1800s, but the two spellings belong to completely different families.
Bearing these provisos in mind, the following list shows some of the more significant variations in Headley surnames which might reasonably be considered in the past to have belonged to the same family, and have in some files been sorted together:
Alowe, Eloo, Alow, Elo, Aylo
Awncell, Ansell, Awnshell, Awnsell, Aunsell, Annsell
Baldyn, Baldwyn, Baldin, Bowlden, Bawlden, Baldwin, Bawlden, Balden
Boxall, Boxolde, Boxold, Boxole, Boxwell, Boxal
Bruer, Bruar, Brewer
Burrows, Burrow, Boroughs, Borough
Cane, Cain, Caine, Kane [possibly also some of Keen, Kene]
Chyld, Chiles, Childs, Chiles, Chyles, Childe
Chytte, Chetey, Chitte, Chette, Chytty, Chittie, Chitty
Clare, Clere, Cleer, Cleere, Clear
Collense, Collence, Collens, Collins
Combs, Combes, Coombs, Coombes
Dedman, Dudman, Deadman
Ede, Edde, Eade, Eads, Eades
Fallower, Fullowar, Falloar, Fallaway, Faloar, Fallour, Vallowarr, Vallower, Valore, Valoure, Valour, Vallour [note Voller came later to the parish and may be a different family]
Fiffel, Fifield, Fyfield
Fygg, Fygge, Fig, Figg, Figge
Fysh, Fyshe, Fyche, Fish, ffish, Fishe
Fulluck, Fullock, Fullicke, Fullick
Furnice, Furnace, Furness
Gamblyng, Gamlyn, Gamblyn, Gamlen, Gamblin, Gamblen
Gill, Gyll, Egille [occasionally Hill, Hyll]
Glasier, Glashier, Glazier, Glayshire, Glaysher
Graveselate , Graveschete , Graveshette , Graveshote, and similar forms in Pipe Rolls before 1539, then: Gracyatt, Gracyott, Grayshot, Gressytt, Grassott, Grashott, Grayshott
Grym, Grymes, Grimes
Hayse, Hays, Hayes, Heyes, Heighes [but note that Heighes usually relates to one particular family]
Hethe, Hethe, Heyth, Heath [and sometimes Heather]
Hugh, Hews, Hewes, Huwes, Hughes
Low, Lowe, Loe
Mathew, Matthew, Matthews
Myll, Mylls, Miles, Mill, Mills
Massingham, Messingham, Missingham
Morare, Moorar, Morar, Morer, Morrer, Moorer, Atmore, Atmoore, Atmoore, Atmoor, Atmore
Norys, Norysh, Norrice, Norris
Perfect, Parfait, Parfect
Petre, Peter, Peters [note Petar is different family]
Phylp, Phylpe, Philp, Philps, Phillips, Philipps, Phillipps, Fylpe, Flipp
Pygott, Piggot, Piggott, Pickett
Robenson, Rabenson, Robeson, Robinson
Shrub, Shrubb, Shrubbe
Styllway, Stellway, Stellweye, Stillman, Stillwell [probably all same family]
Toornar, Tornar, Torner, Toornar, Toorner, Toornor, Towrnare, Turnar, Turnor, Tourner, Turner
Vycare, Viccarye, Viccarye, Viccary, Vickrye, Vickary, Vickery, Vickry, Vicary
Weaks, Weekes, Weeks
Vinetur, Wynter, Winter
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