Hebden & Variants Genealogy Website

Hebden Hebdon Hebdin Hepden Hepton Ebden Ebdon and Epton

1837 - 1913, Civil Registration to WW1

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The population was growing rapidly, especially in urban areas, and In the autumn of 1837, the government introduced a formal, standardised system of civil birth, marriage and death registration. In 1841 this was followed by the first national census, These two systems provided the first reliable statistics on population growth and movement.

The approximate numbers of Hebden and derived surnames in the 1841 census are Hebden (551), Hebdin (27), Hebdon (67), Hepden (13), Hepton (96), Ebden (71), Ebdon (60), and Epton (173). These numbers are subject to modern transcription errors and vagaries of spelling and literacy at the time.

The migration of Hebden families from the Yorkshire Dales in the late 1700's increased substantially, first to the prospering industrial towns and cities in the the North of England and with the coming of the railways, to areas further afield. The map below, compiled from a study of Hebden birth registrations give an interesting insight into the spread of the family and its derivatives from 1837 onwards, (though Hebden families were already well established in most major cities much earlier).

1837 migration