Stirk One-Name Study

Researching the Surname Stirk and variants thereof.

In the early 1990’s, during my family history research, I found I had built up a large amount of information on my mothers maternal grandmother’s side; I had also received a great deal of information for correspondence with John Usher (Australia) and Alan Stirk (Kent UK).

Looking for that ever eternal connection the One-Name Study Commenced.

About the study

The Surname derives from “a young bull or cow, especially one in its second year”.

The STIRK One-Name Study was first registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1996.

Using data from the 1881 the Study size was estimated as Medium (300-3000 – Guild of One-Name Studies).

An indication of growth, within the UK, has been assessed from the surname frequency count of Civil Records for the registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths, together with the UK census returns.

1837 – 1984 Civil Records

Event Frequency Count
Births 2,989
Marriages 2,114
Deaths 2,121


UK Census Returns

1841 160
1851 218
1861 299
1871 304
1881 398
1991 196
1901 429
1911 733

From the Census Return data, a large proportion of Stirk’s are concentrated in the Yorkshire region.

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