This page will be used to publish statistical information regarding both the Hickmore Archive and the Hickmores in general, as and when it becomes available.


Ages at death.


In the last decade of the 19th century, the average age at death of Hickmores in England and Wales was 33.1 years for males and 48.7 years for females. By the same period in the 20th century this had risen to 76.6 years and 74.1 years respectively.


1901 Census


The UKs 1901 census, which was released to the public in 2002, lists only 37 people surnamed Hickmore.


On-line Database


By the start of the year 2005 the Hickmore on-line Archive contained details of all 753 entries that appear in the GROs index of births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales between 1st July 1837 and 31st December 2002. These comprised 311 births; 224 marriages and 218 deaths.




The percentage of illegitimate births registered in England and Wales to mothers surnamed Hickmore was 6% during the 1950s. However, during 1990s the figure dropped to zero. The Hickmores can therefore be congratulated on managing to go completely against the national trend!




George E. D. Hickmore and Roy C. Rayment are together estimated to have spent in excess of 1000 man-hours on research into the Hickmore surname and its variants during the course of the past thirty years.


War Deaths


The First and Second World Wars, together with the Korean War, are known to have resulted in the deaths of 5 members of Hickmore families.


Web-site hits


The Hickmore Archive web-site received a total of 189 hits during the whole of the year 2002. This equates to an average of less than one per day.


Current Population


According to figures calculated from the 2004 electoral registers, there are currently only 97 adults bearing the Hickmore surname in the whole of the UK.




From the examination of various sets of records currently held in the Archive, it would appear that approximately 77% of the Hickmore population was completely literate in the year 1840. This appears to have risen to around 94% by the year 1900 and to 99% by 1950. Figures for the year 2000 have yet to be determined.




The volume of on-line data made available in the Archive is constantly increasing. At the beginning of 2005, the webspace employed by the website was more than 10MB.


Most Popular First Names


"William" has been the first name most frequently given to the boys who were born into Hickmore families throughout England and Wales since the beginning of Civil Registration in the year 1837. From that time until the end of the 20th century there have been 15 births registered with the first name William. With 14 registrations each, the joint second most popular first names have been "George" and "John", followed by the name "Thomas" for which there were 12 registrations.


During the same period there was a wider variation of first names given to girls born into the various Hickmore families. The most popular first name for these girls was "Mary", for which there were 6 registrations, but this was closely followed by both "Alice" and "Martha", with 5 registrations each.




At the beginning of the year 1950 the number of Hickmore households in the UK with a home telephone was only 14, of which 2 were ex-directory.


By the beginning of the year 2000 the figures had risen to 48 of which 17 were ex-directory and 6 had more than one line. In addition to these figures for fixed-line telephones, there were more than 100 mobile phones registered in the UK to owners surnamed Hickmore.


Hickmore Surname Rarity Category


According to the definitions published by Donald Hatch in The Guild Of One-Name Studies Journal (Volume 8 Issue 9), together with notes from Ben Kaser in the following issue (Volume 8 Issue 10), Hickmore can officially be classified as a "Very Rare" surname, since it is borne by less than 1 in 100,000 of the UK population.


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