My name is Elizabeth Walne and I am a local history researcher and genealogist. You can find out more about me on my personal website.

Having been born a Walne, it was an obvious choice as a study surname and I have always been fascinated by where the name came from. If you are visiting this website you probably already know that there are two concentrations of the surname in England – one in the north, 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 may answer this question in the future.

What is a one-name study? The following definition comes from the Guild of One-Name Studies website:

A 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

The project is very much a work in progress. Please check back often or follow my blog to keep up to date. I also post genealogical updates and thoughts on my personal website, and am the contact for the Badingham, Suffolk One-Place Study.

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