30th March 1851
When the 1851 census was taken on 30 March total population was recorded as 17,922,768.
The original forms would have been given to each household several days before the March 30th date, and the head of household would have been asked to fill in the details for anyone who would have been residing at that address on the census date. Illiteracy was very high in 1851, and anyone unable to read or write would have made use of an enumerator - a literate person collecting the census forms - to help fill in the details. Because of this, however, many mistakes that were made, such as the spelling of names. Also, many people were often economical with the truth, especially when it came to their ages.
The surnames from the Census are:
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