Pinpointing the Origin of a Surname

John Titterton was a teenager when he saw an obituary for a John Edenzor Titterton, a distant family ancestor. This article started off his family history research which went on to become a one name study.

Join John as he explains how visiting his local records office allowed him to trace his family back to the 1700’s. Following these discoveries, he then shows how he expanded this knowledge to determine which of two brothers was the father of William Titterton b. 1739 and from this evolved his one name study of the surname Titterton.

Again, using his knowledge, documentary evidence and statistical techniques on the available Titterton references, John established that the Titterton family had its origins at about 1400 in the North Staffordshire village of Alstonefield.

In this talk John will explain how the same techniques can be used to expand on your own family history.

Image: by John Titterton of Narrowdale Farm Alstonefield, Staffordshire. The farm where the Titterton’s are first recorded in 1397.


John lived near the midland town of Stafford and from there he went to University at Imperial College, London. He was an Electrical Engineer with the old Southern Electric company. He also lived for several years in Reading where he became a member of the Berkshire Family History Society. He now lives in Ashbourne and his hobbies include family history, local history and heraldry.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will be emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before the event.


To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting. The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact bo*****@be******.uk


Wed 14 Feb


Doors open at 19:15
19:30 - 20:30

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  • John Titterton
    John Titterton

    My full name is John Edenzor Titterton and I started researching my Titterton family history in the late 1960’s after seeing my obituary in the local paper. This eventually lead to me doing a one name study on the Titterton surname which has a point origin around 1350 in North Staffordshire. Wills proved to be an important part of my research and broke down a proverbial ’brickwall’.