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 #   Report Name   Description 
1. Go(a)tham as a Christian name / forename [The table below extracts data from the trees that are online, so at present it and the accompanying article omit most Americans] From the late C18th using a family or other surname as a Christian name, usually a middle name, became quite popular, particularly in Devon. This report summaries this use, with notes on what is known of the choice - who the recipients of the name were being named after and why. It does not generally show the living, but there have been some recent instances (the most recent I know of were born in the 1990s). If you could see living data you would see an apparent gap from the 1910s to the early 1970s with none; this is probably due to me not knowing that a 'G' stands for Goatham or Gotham because middle names were dropped from the GRO indexes for many years. At the time of writing there are 58 with the middle name of Gotham or Goatham, 55 between 1782 and 1917. Of these 55, just 7 were relations of or named after Kent 'Goathams'. Of these 7, 3 were not blood relations of Goathams, and the name appears a tribute to a Goatham, one was illegitimate, and Goatham was probably the father's surname, and just three were given the family name because doing so had become popular: 2 were given their mother's maiden name, 1 their paternal grandmother's maiden name. By contrast most of the others were Devonians or recently descended from the Devon Gothams. Even there, the practice was particularly found in some families, and varied in that some gave the same middle name (usually the mother's maiden name) to most of their children, others used a variety of family surnames. The number shown with Gotham or Goatham as a middle name is somewhat arbitrary due to one particular branch; Gotham was given as a middle name to some Potter children, but this practice continued over several generations, until some started using Gotham not as a forename but part of a double-barrelled surname, Gotham Potter. Quite when this change from second Christian name to first part of surname occurred is not entirely clear (there are often double entries in indexes) - hence the number being somewhat arbitrary. It was not just in Kent and by the Devon Gothams that Go(a)tham was given as a middle name; it is also found in those from the Shropshire Gottams and the Lancashire group, despite the latter having only recently acquired the surname. Sometimes the first name used with the Gotham / Goatham middle name suggests a person was named after a particular person, in others there is no closely related person with the first Christian name, or there is, but they were not a Gotham (by birth or marriage). Quite often the first name was so common that it is not possible to tell. 
2. Go(a)tham as a Christian name / forename (birth date order) [This article extracts data from the trees, so at present omits most Americans] From the late C18th using a family or other surname as a Christian name, usually a middle name, became quite popular, particularly in Devon. This report summaries this use, with notes on what is known of the choice - who the recipients of the name were being named after and why. It does not generally show the living, but there have been some recent instances (the most recent I know of were born in the 1990s). If you could see living data you would see any apparent gap from the teens to the early 1970s with none; this is probably due to me not knowing that a 'G' stood for Goatham or Gotham because middle names were dropped from the GRO indexes for many years.  
3. Go(a)thams with multiple Christian names / forenames - Goathams only [This article extracts data from the trees, so at present omits most Americans] 
4. Those who died in a workhouse (I thought it would be interesting to see the range of people who died there by occupation - but at present this means an entry for each occupation event, hence 3 for Thomas Gotham, because I have three events for him as a mariner. I haven't combined them because I want the map on his page to record each place he was based!)