Family Surnames & Places

When I started to become interested in my family tree, I spoke to family members and was assured that my ancestors came from Wales and Ireland. Whilst that turned out to be true, it wasn’t the whole story as many of my ancestors also came from England.

Ancestry DNA’s ethnicity chart (which I know is at best a rough guestimate) shows that I am 41% Irish, 29% English, 16% Welsh, 10% Scottish (though I haven’t yet found any Scottish ancestors) & 4% Swedish (Viking raids on Anglesey maybe?).


My maternal family mostly came from Sligo, Antrim & Down in Ireland along with Lancashire, Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire in England.

  • Buff
    • Hatley St George, Cambs, England
  • Carney
    • Sligo, Ireland
  • Collins
    • Louth, Ireland
  • Dunn
    • Ireland
  • Entwistle
    • Bolton, Lancs, England
  • Hall
    • Euxton, Lancs, England
  • Higginson
    • Bolton & Euxton, Lancs, England
  • Leggett
    • Tipperary, Ireland
  • Martin
    • Antrim, Ireland
  • McAndrew
    • Sligo & Mayo, Ireland
  • Norris
    • Turton, Lancs, England
  • Orrell
    • Edgeworth, Lancs, England
  • Pendlebury
    • Poulton-with-Fearnland, Lancs, England
  • Rimmer
    • Standish, Lancs, England
  • Searle
    • Dunton, Beds, England
  •  Settle
    • Bolton, Lancs, England
  • Watts
    • Hatley St George, Cambs, England


My paternal family is more complicated than my maternal family, and is where most of my brickwalls are. However I do know that they came from Anglesey, what was Carnarvonshire & Denbighshire in North Wales, along with Essex, Lancashire, Worcestershire & Berkshire in England.

  •  Evans
    • Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
    • Caernarfon, Gwynedd (Carnarvonshire), Wales
  • Garrard (see Jarrett)
  • Hughes
    • Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
  • Jarrett
    • Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
    • Denbighshire,Wales
  • Marshall
    • Maldon, Essex, England
  • Roberts
      • Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
  • Rowland
    • Caernarfon, Gwynedd (Carnarvonshire), Wales
  • Williams
    • Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

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