The family spread quickly, and in fifty years or so had spread to more than a dozen counties – Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Kent, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and London..
But tracing it is difficult. England has the advantage of never having been invaded after 1066, though there were near misses. So, relative stability meant that records could survive. But the civil wars in the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries meant that many records were destroyed. Records of noble families, of merchant guilds, of the church etc. were luckier, but poorer families often left no trace.
Alan Niger I
Alan Niger II
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