Sunday, January 31, 2010

31st: Registration approved

My registration of the RUNCIMAN Surname One Name Study (ONS), has been approved by the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS), and recognised variants likely to be added for RUNCHMAN and RUNCIEMAN. Possibly also RUNCIE, after a re-reading of Black's Surnames of Scotland, and a quick check of the Surnames of England and Wales ONS site showed that there weren't that many of them around.

The RUNCIMAN ONS web pages have now had an updated to fill in the previously blank stubs for the home page, and the section on the Name Origins, the latter being mostly thanks to the late Steve Gibbs' Rootsweb RUNCIMAN Mailing list intro page.
An analysis of the entire OPR Marriages indexed for Fife, Scotland has also been included - all 12 of them, 4 of them being one chap marrying twice being recorded under a different surname for each wife!
This chap is also the first shown in the Identified Family Groups index.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

30th: Patriarch page revamp

The Summary Patriarchs Page has been revamped, but no new pedigrees yet included.
It was a tidy up of the code behind the scenes to make it easier to maintain, all in readiness for adding the details for our Lineage 3, or possibly 2a, for the two new kits in varying stages of making their way to the lab.

In addition, there's a new link on the top rhs of this blog, that for the Runciman One Name Study (GOONS registration applied for).
Thought it was about time I brought some order to my rather contact driven research and it should provide a searchable repository for the data collected over the years.

With this recent burst of activity, it's time to try and find representatives for some of the as yet un-represented lines. Must be plenty more out there, and available people to represent them.
I did a search of the Surnames of England and Wales - ONS list, plugging in RUN*MAN, although I didn't actually expect to find any other variants still in existence, putting most of them down to the idiosyncrasies of parish clerks in years gone by.

The database is an extract from the Office of National Statistics database, and contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann in September 2002, having been established in 1998, with births since added, but deaths not taken away, grand total, 54.4 million people, but only nearly 270,000 surnames (those with less than 5 occurrences having been excluded).

RUNCIMAN comes in with 446 names, ranking 12,425th,
RUNCHMAN is still in existence with 77 names, ranking 39,021th and
RUNCIEMAN also still exists, with 61, ranking 44,978th.

So, out of those 584 people, someone must be interested, mustn't they?
And that's only England, Wales and the Isle of Mann.

Friday, January 29, 2010

30th: Web site established

You have presumably found this blog because of an interest in the surname RUNCIMAN.

Check back regularly for the latest news.

The RUNCIMAN Surname One Name Study (ONS) web site has only just been established, and is very much a companion site for the RUNCIMAN Surname DNA Project.

All contributions welcome.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

William RUNCIMAN of Crail

And another participant in the project.
R-8 and R-7 would like to prove the paper trail that links them at John RUNCIMAN and Jean BARRY of Dirleton, John being the son of William of Crail, a fisherman drowned in 1765 (by 1768 his children are recorded as being in North Berwick).
Will be interesting to see who, if any, of the existing RUNCIMAN families they most closely match.
Pedigrees will be added as time permits.