Monthly Archives: August 2010

US Censuses 1990 & 2000

The twenty-third census of the United States took place this year. The US census is carried out once every ten years, as mandated by the US Constitution. The Census Bureau has ranked the frequency of second names in the 1990 … Continue reading

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Census of England, Scotland and Wales 1841

The 1841 census was the first to be carried out after the 1836 General Registration Act and as a result it was carried out by the Registrar General. It became a more complete census than those that had gone before … Continue reading

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Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864

The Primary Valuation of Ireland, known as Griffith’s Valuation, was a survey of all Ireland undertaken to calculate the value of all land and buildings in the country. It began in 1848 and was completed in 1864.[1] It is a … Continue reading

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Buggy: Always the butt of jokes

I was reading a random book on Italian surnames when I was startled to come across a passage that outlines a saying which was prevalent in England and pokes fun at the Bugg and, by extension, Buggy names. But having … Continue reading

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