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From: "Imogen Pennell" <>
Subject: Fw: [Lon] BEDFORD CHRISTIAN NAME
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 09:05:32 -0000
I see that in the 1881 census 78 individuals had the christian name BEDFORD!
Hundreds of people have it as a surname. It may be that some way back there
was an intermarriage with a family named Bedford and it so it was adopted as
a first name which then stuck. Or it could be that there was a family
association with the town or county of Bedford.
In my own case, the surnames of several families which married into my
Pennell family were adopted as christian names and were then passed on down
the generations (eg. Lovell, Follett, Montague).
Hornsey, N London
Researching GANDY, BOUCHER, BULLWINKLE in London and PENNELL anywhere.
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Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2003 6:24 AM
Subject: [Lon] BEDFORD CHRISTIAN NAME
> Hi All,
> Have found the christian name BEDFORD used for several members of the
> families I am researching from circa 1870, does any lister have any
> knowledge how this name originated please.
> Quintin White,
> New Zealand
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