Singleton Name Study

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Welcome to the Singleton Name Study Project. The main goal of this project is to gather all of the links to the Singleton surname and it’s variants in one place. This will help us find missing members, merge duplicate profiles, and help each other in gathering information to make a complete profile.

This study will provide source links that can be used in research, a way to contact active Singleton genealogists, and help those that are just starting out, bricked walled, or do not have a lot of time to contribute to the Singleton lines or the worldwide tree of Wiki.

The coordinator does ask that you please follow the Wiki Honor Code that you agreed to before becoming a member and that any member that is found not upholding the code will be asked to leave. Remember to source all information that is being entered into the profiles and if they are not managed by you, to send a message to the profile owner or make sure to input the reasons for the change. Communication is key to make sure that this study is successful.

To join our study, add the categories to your profiles, participate in discussions, and/or contribute details of your name research. Please see the Singleton Name Study project page.


How to Join

Please contact the project leader Sharon McCormack orleave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about our Singletons and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.


Meaning for the name Singleton

English: habitational name from places in Lancashire and Sussex. The former seems from the present-day distribution of the surname to be the major source, and is named from Old English scingel ‘shingle(s)’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter gets its name from Old English sengel ‘burnt clearing’ + tun. Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar names include Singleton, Shingleton, etc

The Singleton family name was found in records in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Singleton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 48 Singleton families living in Tennessee. This was about 16% of all the recorded Singleton's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Singleton families in 1840. It's believed the main landing Singleton was in Virginia and his descendants moved out into North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky from there.

Task List

Add Singletons to our trees and verify sources.

Kentucky Singletons

Virginia Singletons

Singletons in The Netherlands

Thank you Niek Boevé

Lourens Singleton, from Southampton married in 1629 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Engeltje Pieters. Marriage banns 31 March 1629:

Russell Cedric Singleton, born 30 Sepember 1898 in Syracuse. He was ancountant and was registred as an inhabitant of Rotterdam 25 August 1921 from Glasgow and left Rotterdam 15 August 1922 to England. He was a American citizen.

Source: Population Registration Rotterdam 1880-1940, Familycards:

Sarah Ann Singleton and George Thomas Owens were the parents of:

Amelia Marie Owen, born 23 July 1870 in Rotterdam. Her father was George Owen, singer.

Source: Birth Records, Rotterdam, 1870, d110v, nr 2794

George Thomas Owens, born in Liverpool, died 20 December 1869 in Rotterdam, 1 year and 2 month old.


Death Records, Rotterdam, e48v, nr 3247

John Singleton, born 15 June 1876 in Whitehaven, Vice-consul of The Netherlands was honored in April 1949 as Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau

Source: Registration Honors Kanselarij der Nederlandse Orden

Bernard Mario Singleton served as a sergeant in the Royal Air Force. He was air gunner and chrashed 12 March 1943 with a Halifax bomber in Groesbeek, Gelderland, Nederland: War Memorial Groesbeek

He was buried at the British War Cemetery in Uden, Noord-Brabant, Nederland: Gravestone

Dennis William Singleton, born 2 February 1929 in Heanor, United Kingdom. He passed away 10 February 2001 and the urn with his ashes is at the RK Cemetery in Eemnes, Utrecht, Nederland: Grave]

Frank Singleton, born in 1916, died 28 September 1944. He was buried at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in Oosterbeek, Gelderland, Nederland: Gravestone

Frank Singleton died as a soldier in what is called Operation Market Garden:

Guardsman FRANK SINGLETON 2722516, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who die dage 28 on 28 September 1944. Son of Frank and Nellie Singleton, of Stockport, Cheshire, husband of Bessie Singleton, of Cheadle Heath, Stockport: Source:,_HOLLAND.html

Richard Singleton, born 1926, died 24 February 1945. He was buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Kleef, Germany: Gravestone

Singleton Researchers

Sharon McCormack (Mccormack-1596) project leader

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I saw Greg's Annual Report on Singleton's in G2G and came looking for the One-Name Study project page. Will add the Singleton Name Study Category to my Singleton profiles. Thanks for all your efforts!
posted by Linda (Lenze) Mearse
I'm researching and documenting Singletons in North Carolina and would like to join this group.
posted by Paige Singleton