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Romany surnames - Southern England?

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Romany surnames - Southern England?

Posted: 9 May 2008 2:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ayres, Bassett, Bray, Cox, Golding, Hibberd, Hickman, Hiscock, Loftus, Martin, Peacock, Pearce, Plunkett, Smith, Woodcock
Hi there - some of my surnames are Ayres (Wiltshire), Bassett, Bray, Cox (Hampshire/Wiltshire/Dorset), Golding, Hibberd (Wiltshire), Hickman (Oxfordshire), Hiscock (Wiltshire), Loftus, Martin (Sussex), Peacock, Pearce (Surrey), Plunkett, Smith, Woodcock. Some of these names I've been able to trace back to Ireland and Lancashire.

I was emailing a Romany friend today about Romany surnames and ended up at the Romany & Traveller Family History Society; I found all of the above surnames as possibly Romany on the lists on their website. I have no knowledge of a Romany background; does anyone know how/if I can establish whether these names are Romany or not? Where I'm able to find Census entries, the occupations tend to be blacksmiths, agricultural labourers etc.

I'm adopted and while I've traced my family back, I have no contact with my birth family, so unfortunately I can't pick anyone's brain on this.

Many thanks - any suggestions gratefully received,
Jules
(London, UK)
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
jules1723 9 May 2008 8:52PM GMT 
bassettgeneal... 13 May 2008 12:58PM GMT 
FontellaYoung 21 Jul 2008 6:05AM GMT 
bigjack3439 7 Mar 2013 9:00PM GMT 
KBee2008 30 Jul 2008 5:07PM GMT 
Romany05 7 Aug 2008 8:44AM GMT 
lindawithers1... 25 Sep 2008 6:21PM GMT 
jules1723 25 Sep 2008 7:03PM GMT 
ruthlancaster... 6 Nov 2008 11:31AM GMT 
Annie465 5 Mar 2009 10:40PM GMT 
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