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Holden DNA Genealogy Project - Distribution of the Holden Surname

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Distribution of the Holden Surname in England, Scotland, and Wales based on the 1881 census
(from the British 19th Century Surname Atlas by Archer Software www.archersoftware.com.uk)

The 1881 census of England, Scotland, and Wales shows a total of 16,421 households headed by a person whose surname was Holden.  The distribution of where they lived may give us some clues as to where our ancestors came from.  The largest percentages of Holdens lived in Lancashire, Staffordshire, Yorks W. Riding, and surrounding areas (in the northwestern part of England) as well as in Sussex, Suffolk, and surrounding areas (in the southeastern part of England).

DNA tests can show whether Holdens in different parts of Great Britain are related or not.  Matching test results can prove a connection between those who can trace ancestors to England and those whose ancestors migrated to other areas.
 
 

County Actual per 100,000 County Actual per 100,000
Bedfordshire 26 17 Angus 34 13
Buckinghamshire 31 18 Argyllshire 1 1
Berkshire 36 16 Ayrshire 36 17
Cambridgeshire 18 10 Bute 3 17
Cheshire 289 45 Dumfriesshire 1 2
Cornwall 3 1 Dunbartonshire 1 1
Cumberland 46 18 Fifeshire 5 3
Derbyshire 265 58 Kirkcudbrightshire 1 2
Devonshire 40 7 Lanarkshire 60 6
Dorset 15 8 Midlothian 29 7
Co. Durham 110 13 Perthshire 2 2
Essex 166 29 Renfrewshire 5 2
Gloucestershire 51 9 Roxburghshire 11 21
Hampshire 80 15      
Herefordshire 3 3 Anglesey 1 2
Hertfordshire 39 19 Breconshire 1 2
Huntingdonshire 31 54 Caenarvonshire 2 2
Isle of Man 31 57 Carmarthenshire 2 2
Kent 280 29 Flintshire 4 5
Lancashire 9091 263 Glamorgan 35 7
Leicestershire 59 18 Merionethshire 3 6
Lincolnshire 135 29 Montgomeryshire 1 1
Middlesex 651 23 Monmouthshire 10 5
City of London 11 21 Jersey 15 29
Northumberland 58 13      
Norfolk 200 45 Great Britain total 16,421 55.04
Northhamptonshire 43 16


Nottinghamshire 61 16


Oxfordshire 18 10


Shropshire 31 12


Suffolk 302 85


Somerset 33 7


Surrey 519 36


Sussex 729 148


Staffordshire 720 73


Warwickshire 210 29


Westmorland 3 5


Wiltshire 19 7


Worcestershire 229 60


York 3 5


Yorks E. Riding 47 15


Yorks N. Riding 29 9


Yorks W. Riding 1379 63



 
 

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