While the family surname remains relatively rare, unfortunately most Christian names are not, and certain Christian names were, and still are, very common. Many individuals with the same name were born only a few years apart and this causes particular problems with the earlier records, where the ages used are often approximate and you cannot be sure all births are recorded. Looking at the names in our data base of people born with the family name and also the wives who take on the Titheridge name certain names stand out as very common for example 114 individuals called William and 91 called Mary.
Twenty most popular Christian names
Changing popularity of names
In the English Birth Records between 1837 and 2006 you can see a changing pattern of these commonest family names as shown below
Table showing most popular name in each twenty year group between 1840 and 1999
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