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Pearcey
09-10-2007, 3:34 PM
My ancestor, James Brown, living in Salford & working as a Fustian Cutter, states on each census return that he was born in Ireland, c 1820. But where? Brown is a common name in England, but is it as common in Ireland. I would love to know, and if it is a common name, should I give up now?

pejay
10-10-2007, 3:36 PM
Hi there I sympathise with you It is so frustrating when census details state place of birth as Ireland. :confused: I am looking for Kelly's. Brown is a very common name both in this country and Ireland . I think it is about the 37th most common name in Ireland, the first Murphy! followed by Kelly. So never give up...... ask family members if they have heard of an irish connection, you really need to know the county, if not put him aside for the time and look at another ancestor I have found good websites that help wih names and variant spellings etc the first one is www.irishgen.com/surnames (http://www.irishgen.com/surnames) and the 2nd one www.irelandroots.com (http://www.irelandroots.com)
hope these are of some use. Good luck