The Aze surname has been around in the UK since 1196 and probably earlier, with Sir Geoffrey Aze making sure he was mentioned in the Sussex County Rolls for his charitable giving. These days there are not many Azes around – something like 60 in the UK, all of whom can trace their ancestors to two families that were living in Barnstaple, Devon in the mid 1800s.
The rarity of the name makes it a gift to people researching their ancestry or doing a family tree. This wiki is the result of a branch of the 21st century Azes sharing some of what we know about our branch of Aze genealogy. If you recognise your forebears in the information here, or you have further information to add, please do get in touch. [email protected]
This is very much a work in progress. We'll add bits (transcribed from scraps of paper mostly) as time allows.
Selected descendants of William Aze, showing the prevalence and distribution of the Aze surname.
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(Lots more on file waiting to be added.)
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|First name(s)||Surname at birth||Year of birth||Year of death||Ref|
|William||Aze (probably)||c. 1754||1842||019|
|Grace||(not Aze)||c. 1757||1851||017|
|Grace||(not Aze)||c. 1803||1873||013|
|Mary Ann||Aze||c. 1834||1869||014|
|John Samuel Cross||Aze||1849||1857||016|
Mentions of Azes in historical records
- 1841 census
- 1851 census
- 1861 census
- 1871 census
- 1881 census
- 1891 census
- 1901 census
- 1911 census
- 1939 register
Azes Lane, Barnstaple
All of the Azes living in the UK today derive from two families living in Barnstaple in Devon in the mid-1800s. They even had a street named after them, although most of it has since been demolished as part of a slum clearance programme. Just a bit of Azes lane remains, about 20 metres long and ending at a car park.
This wiki is the product of efforts for the purposes of historical research.
No living persons are listed on this site.