Weird and Wonderful Names Found in Our Marriage Records
We've found Romeo marrying Juliet and everything in between, but the question is: are these names for better or worse?
We've rummaged through our marriage records and found entries that prove an embarrassing name doesn't put everyone off their betrothed.
Here is a selection of the names we found in the records:
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:
When you search our marriage records, our clever MarriageFinderTM will match up your ancestors' records, providing you in many cases with one definite marriage match, or at least a list of possible matches.