About the Walne Study

I have always been fascinated by where my surname came from, so Walne was the obvious first choice when considering a Surname (or One-Name) Study.

There are two concentrations of the surname Walne in England – one in the north, and another in East Anglia. The paper record does not appear to link these two populations – at least within the timeframe of parish registers – so one of the outstanding questions is whether there is a familial connection or whether the name arose separately in two locations. Potentially a DNA study could one day offer an answer.

Over time, I hope my study will grow to provide information about families with the surname Walne all over the world (often transcribed as Woan, Whone, Woln, Waun or other variants).

First steps for the study included an analysis of the 1911 census and the creation of this blog, which is updated as and when possible. 

I hope you enjoy looking around.

What is a One-Name (or Surname) Study?

The following definition comes from the Guild of One-Name Studies website:

one-name (or surname) study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple). Some ‘one-namers’ restrict their research geographically, perhaps to one country, but true one-namers collect all occurrences worldwide.

Read more on the One-Name Study website.

My project is very much a work in progress. Please check back often or follow my Surname blog to keep up to date. 

This website is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. For more information, please see my ‘Using My Research page.


Badingham & Cransford

Posts about my One-Place Study (or Studies!) in Suffolk, England.

Four Edwardian women, a mother and three daughters, stand in front of an old window.

Walne Surname

Posts about my Surname Study (also known as a One-Name Study) across the globe.


Other Publications

Information about other books, magazines, recordings, and my earliest blog posts.

Study Updates

At present, the most active part of my One-Name Study is its blog. 

Unfortunately, I can’t update it as often as I’d like right now, but if you have any questions, I will try and point you in the right direction to find the answers!

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