Why Our Research Began
We began our interest in genealogy in 1988. The interest was fired by the continual comments such as
“Titheradge – how do you spell it?”
“That’s a strange name”
“Where does that name originate?”
“Never come across that name before”
The Aims of Our Research
We set out on our quest with the aim of discovering where the surname originated from and what it meant.
We initially thought the surname came from London where Mike’s grandparents lived. We were surprised to find that 170 years ago the family had migrated from Hampshire and this was where the Titheradges came from. The early individuals with the name were concentrated around Winchester, Hampshire and spread from here. There are a few early mentions of similar names in Herefordshire and Staffordshire but we are unsure if these are related.
The second question remains unanswered. Although we have had several suggestions of the meaning of the surname, its exact derivation remains a mystery. Other genealogists researching the name have suggested “tithe” is related to the tithes charges by the church (tithe being a tenth of a farm’s produce which had to be given to the church) and “ridge” could relate to a landscape feature or the location of the tithe barn which was often associated with a village church. It is unlikely that we will ever know the true origin of the name.
There are various commercial companies that provide you with the history of your surname for a “small fee”. These give suggestions which are difficult to believe, such as “the name Titheradge can be traced to ancient Celtic culture of Wales, Titheradge is one of the oldest Welsh names” or “the name Titheridge is of English origin from a place called Titheridge which is believed to have been situated in Cheshire. It is a lost village that has disappeared from the map”. Incidentally, we have found no family records yet in either Wales or Cheshire. We will let you judge for yourselves the authenticity of these commercial products.
The Beginnings of Our Research
Our research started as a one name study of individuals with the surname Titheradge; rapidly it expanded to include Titheridge, Tidridge and Tytheridge as we realised that often the various spellings were interchangeable in historical times and recently we have included Teatheredge, Tutheridge, Titherage and Tedridge.
When we began our research in 1988 the only information we knew was the names of Mike’s uncles and aunts and that his grandfather was born in London around 1880. When we began our research there were no computerised records. All data had to be transcribed by hand from original document, microfiche or microfilm. So began numerous visits to St. Catherine’s House, London Record Offices, Winchester and Portsmouth Record Offices and libraries. In recent years our research has been aided by the use of the Internet and websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past, but we always prefer to see images of the original document rather than transcribed records.
We have information on approximately 3920 people either born with the surname or married into the surname over a period of 478 years from 1540 – 2018.
Our Data Sources
Our data has mostly been collected from the following sources
English national records of births, marriages and deaths (1837 – 2006)
IGI (International Genealogy Index) now known as Family Search Website
Census Returns (1841 -1911) and 1939 Register
Ancestry.com (excluding their published Members Trees)
Find My Past
Correspondence with over 210 family members and fellow genealogists
Most of our records are after 1837 when English birth, marriage and death records were recorded centrally rather than in the parish, but we also have records of about 350 – 400 births before that date.
Most of the records are English but we also have records from Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and South Africa.
Our Family Trees
We have built a collection of family trees relating to the name. Our biggest tree is from Cheriton, Hampshire which has has 1644 descendants of John Titheridge and Ann Quallat stretching over a further 13 generation. Our other big tree has 569 descendants of Daniel Titheradge and Rebecca Baker stretching over 11 more generations.
However, there are still many individuals (14%) who remain a mystery as to where they fit in to our family history.
We are members of the Hampshire Genealogy Society and Sussex Family History Society.
We are also members of the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS) and we have registered the surnames Titheradge, Titheridge and variants with the Guild of One Name Studies.
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