Aims of this study and website


The One Name Study

The one name study aims:

Genealogy and Origins Aims

  • to identify as many Goathams, Gothams and those with variant spellings who have who have lived as possible;
  • to assemble trees to show how these people are related;
  • to have as few unlinked strays as possible!
  • to see what this suggests about the origins of the name.

I hope to find out if / how the various groupings relate to each other, but to describe it as an aim may be an overstatement, since I suspect the information may not survive to permit this. DNA tests may offer a possibility, but even then there are limitations (see my page regarding a DNA study for more detailed considerations).

Family History Aims

  • to collect data relating to these people not just BMD / CMB events, but also census data, wills, educational and military and occupational records etc., newspaper reports, criminal and equity court records;
  • to use these records to ‘bring history to life’ – to look at different topics as illustrated by the lives of Go(a)thams;
  • to look at patterns – for example, the inheritance of occupations (or not), the similarity of families married into (or not).

This website

  • firstly, to enable me to share the fruits of my research to all those who may be interested;
  • secondly, to encourage and help others to contribute to this study;
  • thirdly, to help those with Go(a)tham ancestors find others interested in the same branch (with whom, of course, they will share non-Go(a)tham ancestors and may wish to share information).
Last updated: 21 November, 2016

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