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Two occurences of the same surname in a tree?


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I have come across a few lines where I have found the same surname more than once.

My mum has a Newman line in the East End of London and a Newman line in Eastwood and Rochford area, Essex. My dad has Newman ancestors in Suffolk. One of my workmates has the surname Newman and he is originally from London. We could be distant cousins.

I have a Richardson line in Durham and one in Essex.

I have just found that my paternal grandparents each have Stock ancestors. My paternal gran was born a Stock and my paternal grandfathers great, great grandmother was Ann Taylor nee Stock.



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Perth, Scotland
I doubt if any of these Surname originated from a single source, so the chance of them being related is remote, even if you could trace them back to the start of fixed family names in the 11th - 14th century.
There must have been many sons of a Richard who were called 'Richardson' and many people that moved into an area and were named 'Newman'. Off hand I am not sure about the origin of 'Stock', this could have been short for 'Stockman'. If you look at the spread of the name however it was found throughout England (not a lot in Wales), with concentration in Essex and Cumberland and Somerset, you cannot get a lot further apart.

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