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For better or worse? Unusual names in our marriage records

Following last week’s launch of our fantastic new marriage records search, MarriageFinderTM, we’ve found some interesting names in our records. They just go to show that when taking a partner ‘for better or worse’, an embarrassing married name doesn’t put everyone off…

Here is a selection of the names we found in the records:

  • Holly Oakes
  • Eileen Dover
  • Hazel Nut
  • Queenie King
  • Mona Lott
  • Jean Pool
  • Joy Rider
  • Lily Pond
  • Anita Bath
  • Candy Barr
  • Kerry Oakey

Keeping up with the Mary Christmases

It seems that a large number of Marys have continued the Christmas theme with their name and married someone with the festive surname, Christmas. There are over 50 Mary Christmases in our marriage records – the earliest recorded Mary Christmas married in 1837 in Alton, Hampshire, losing the maiden name of Cannon.

Where for art thou?

We’ve discovered a pair of real star-crossed lovers in the marriage records: in 1971, a Romeo married a Juliet in Lambeth, London. We also found the marriage records of Oscar Fingal Wilde and Constance Lloyd in Kensington, London in 1884, Jude Law and Sadie Frost in Westminster, London in 1997 and Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton, in Reading, Berkshire in 1998.

With this record I thee wed

Our research found that the most popular county to get married in was Lancashire, with 11.66 million records listed between 1837 and 2005. London followed closely behind with 11.62 million.

The five most popular towns to be married in were:

  1. Birmingham, Warwickshire: 1,656,516 records
  2. Manchester, Lancashire: 1,127,584 records
  3. Sheffield, Yorkshire: 988,541 records
  4. Leeds, Yorkshire: 980,207 records
  5. Bristol, Somerset: 899,885 records

Our marketing manager, Debra Chatfield (pictured), said:

“As the first company to publish birth, marriage and death records online, has always been committed to making family history research more accessible. This brand new way of searching the marriage records is a major breakthrough in family history enabling people to find their ancestors’ marriages more quickly and easily than ever before by using our revolutionary new tool MarriageFinderTM. Thanks to initiatives like this, family history is more popular than ever and we hope that we can help even more people to start uncovering their family’s past.”

Debra Chatfield,'s marketing manager

Debra Chatfield,'s marketing manager

When you search our marriage records, MarriageFinderTM will match up your ancestors’ records, providing you in many cases with one definite marriage match, or a list of possible matches.

The launch of these records represents the latest development in our project to fully name index our birth, marriage and death records. We launched the birth records in July 2010 and the death records will follow in early 2011.

Search our marriage records now to find your ancestors’ marriages.