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English Counties on the IGI

The majority of entries on the IGI - with the exception of counties such as Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire where there were Shakespeares established from an early period - relate to the 19th or late 18th century.

These give a guide to the geographical distribution of the surname (it must be remembered that in a large number of cases entries are duplicated, sometimes frequently):

County No of Entries Early (pre 1600 entries)
Bedford 95 Yes
Berkshire 6  
Cambridge None  
Cheshire 10  
Cornwall 3  
Cumberland None  
Cumbria None  
Derby 58  
Devon 11  
Dorset 1  
Durham 3  
Essex 73 Yes
Gloucester 200+ Yes
Hampshire 39  
Hereford 2  
Hertford 38  
Huntingdon None  
Kent 56 Yes
Lancashire 105  
Leicester 134  
Lincoln None  
London (Greater) 200+  
Monmouth 3  
Norfolk None  
Northampton 28  
Northumberland 7  
Nottingham 31 Yes
Oxford 179 Yes
Rutland None  
Shropshire 75  
Somerset 9  
Stafford 200+  
Suffolk 8  
Surrey 28 Yes
Sussex 3  
Warwick 200+ Yes
Westmoreland None  
Wiltshire 24  
Worcester 200+  
Yorkshire 91  

There is a seperate listing for UK Countries.

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