Census Returns

The details of Dring entries on the various census returns has been submitted by various researchers and comes from a variety of sources. As with any information we suggest the original sources are checked and they cannot be considered complete.

UK Census Returns

1841 National Alphabetical Dring Index- taken 6th June shows only name, age (over 15's are rounded down to the nearest 5 years), occupation and whether born in County. (population 15,914,000 -- 856 Drings)

1851 National Alphabetical Dring Index - taken 30th March From 1851 onward the relationship of the individuals to the head of the household were recorded. The ages were as accurate as they could be, the birthplace and whether they were married was noted.(population 17,928,000 -- 840 Drings)

1861 National Alphabetical Dring Index- taken 6th April (population 20,066,000 -- 989)

1871 National Alphabetical Dring Index - Census taken 2nd April (population 22,723,000)

1881 National Alphabetical Dring Index taken 3rd April (population  25,974,000) The Dring information has been taken from the excellent CD Rom version prepared by the LDS Church. The information was transcribed by members of the Federation of Family History Societies and the details put on computer and organized by the LDS Church. Originally available on microfiche, it was transferred to Electronic media in 1999. Our thanks to everybody involved.
I have noticed on the 1881 census that DRING is being wrongly put down as DRURY. So far I have found 5 in Burton Coggles and Nottingham. If anyone cannot find the DRING they are looking for, it may be worthwhile looking at the DRURY's. Steve Morse

1891 (population 28,999,725)

1901 National Alphabetical Dring Index (Population 32,527,813 -- 1513 Drings)

1911 For details go to findmypast.co.uk (1802 Drings)

1841 Hunts & Cambs Dring Returns for Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire

1851 Norfolk, Warwicks & Devon Some extracted Dring households from these counties

1851 Hunts Some extracted Dring households from Huntingdonshire

1861 Hunts Some extracted Dring households from Huntingdonshire

1871 Hunts Some extracted Dring households from Huntingdonshire

1881 Middlesex, London & Surrey covers most of what is now Greater London but also check Kent, Essex & Herts for other districts

1881 South Coast consists of the Counties of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall

1881 South Central England consists of Berks, Bucks, Gloucs, Bedfordshire, Herts, Oxford, Somerset & Wilts

1881 Midlands consists of Derbyshire, Northants, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcester

1881 East Anglia consists of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk & Suffolk

1881 Lincolnshire is the 1881 stronghold of the Dring dynasty with over 300 residents.

1881 Nottinghamshire is the 1901 stronghold with 238 residents and a long history of the Dring family.

1881 Yorkshire covers a large area of northern England's but with 139 Drings is listed separately

1881 North of England covers the counties of Lancashire, Durham and Northumberland 

1901 Hunts & Cambs Dring Entries for Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire

 

Canadian Census Returns

1881 National Alphabetical Dring Index

1891 National Alphabetical Dring Index

US Census Returns

1880 National Alphabetical Dring Index

The table below shows the number of people with the Dring surname sorted by County in the UK census of England and Wales. The pictures below are an attempt to show how the "Drings" were distributed during these years.

County 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911
Bedfordshire 5 12 10   18   11 18
Berkshire   1     2     1
Buckinghamshire 1       6   5 6
Carmarthen, Wales             4  
Cambridgeshire 43 61 69   72   63 96
Cheshire 1 3 6       1 7
Cumberland               1
Derbyshire 6 12 14   29   42 53
Devon   1 1   1   4 1
Dorset 1       9   3 1
Durham 7 6 19   44   87 97
Essex 15 15 21   32   54 44
Flintshire, Wales             1  
Glamorgan, Wales   1         12 23
Gloucestershire 4 1 6   26   57 61
Hampshire 13 10 5   12   9 8
Hertfordshire 4 5 5   6   10 5
Huntingdonshire 126 111 133   112   83 85
Kent     3   22   42 8
Lancashire 9 14 16   29   78 103
Leicestershire 14 19 10       21 28
Lincolnshire 181 162 204   300   197 213
London/Middlesex 78 82 80   86   140 221
Monmouthshire, Wales               1
Norfolk 9 8 4   16   13 22
Northampton 2 6 5   17   14 9
Northumberland     1   3     3
Nottinghamshire 134 107 148   191   238 318
Oxfordshire 50 39 55   51   33 40
Rutland 1 4 6   3   8 1
Shropshire 1   1       1 1
Somerset 10 6 4   2     4
Staffordshire         10   22 38
Suffolk 9 4 8   13   13 10
Surrey 22 29 28   74   71 44
Sussex 4 1 2   5   6 3
Warwickshire 2 4 7   18   13 25
Westmorland               1
Wiltshire 11 11 7   7   8 9
Worcestershire 5 3 3   4     13
Yorkshire 88 102 108   139   149 174
Overseas, military, etc.               7
Total 856 840 989   1359   1513 1802

The maps attempt to show the counties most heavily populated by people with the Dring surname. The deeper the colour, the more Drings per County. (It can only be regarded as a crude attempt as some counties are very large and some very small).

Dring name distribution 1841 Dring name distribution 1851 Dring name distribution 1861Dring name distribution 1881 Dring name distribution 1901Dring name distribution 1911