WESTMORELANDS in the 1881 Census
Compare this distribution for 1881
with the one following
This analysis of Westmorelands in the 1881
Census for counties of England and Wales shows 870 people named
Westmoreland (or variants) living in England (none in Wales) in 1881 (Scotland
not yet analysed).
The spelling of the name was subject to the interpretation of the enumerating
officer and does not necessarily reflect the way the name was actually
spelt, but the way it sounded.
The vast majority of these Westmorelands were resident in Yorkshire,
almost half of the total (399, 45.8%). A surprisingly high proportion lived
in Lincolnshire (128, 14.7%) with Cumberland (69, 7.9%), Nottinghamshire
(46, 5.3%) and Durham (44, 5%) having significant numbers.
There were stray families in several counties, notably Derbyshire (26),
Westmorland (20) and Lancashire (18). Generally, though, the Westmorelands
who stayed in England do not seem to have liked moving from the North.
WESTMORELANDS on the 1997 BT
A similar analysis has been carried out of Westmoreland households on the
BT Phone Disk 1997. Allowances must be made for the new county boundries,
but the results show a similar preference for the North, although there
is now, as might be expected, a greater tendency to move away. (The map
is not yet available.)
Almost 40% were in West Yorkshire
Almost 20% in North Yorkshire
Almost 10% in each of the counties of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire
and Cumbria, and a few less in Cleveland. Whatever happened to
all those Lincolnshire Westmorelands? Now there are but a few.
Stray families are now in many of the remaining counties of England
and a few in Wales.