My paternal grandfather's mother, Phoebe, was the daughter of George and granddaughter of Joseph Spilsbury of Leek, Staffordshire. The family were originally Pilsbury, derived from the small hamlet near Leek in the Derbyshire countryside (which I visited once). They changed their name to Spilsbury sometime around 1820, so that my GGGgrandfather was christened Joseph Pilsbury in 1810, but his youngest sister Caroline was christened Spilsbury in 1821.
I would greatly appreciate any information on this family.
In the meantime, you may be interested in the results of the "National Trust Names" service, originally set up by academics as part of www.spatial-literacy.org.
Looking at the maps at www.nationaltrustnames.org.uk shows a high concentration in the west and NW of England in 1881, with only a little dispersion (as is usually the case) by 1998. The statistics are copied below. Note that the indices measure the incidence in an area compared with the average for all areas, so that the index of 1906 for GB means that Spilsburys were 19 times more common in Wolverhampton than the average.
Geographical Spread Statistics Great Britain top area (1881) Worcester Great Britain top area (1998) Wolverhampton Great Britain top area index 1906 Great Britain top postal town Malvern Number of UK gazetteer entries None County of gazetteer entry Not applicable Australia top state Tasmania Australia top state index 910 Australia top standard statistical division North Eastern, Tasmania New Zealand top province Waikato New Zealand top province index 1166 United States top state Nevada United States top state index 2201 Number of gazetteer entires in Africa or Asian none
Here are the social demographics:
Category of surname: English - Locational Name; Settlement Ending; Bury. Mosaic type with highest index #: Golden Empty Nesters. Index of top Mosaic type: 231 % of people with a more rural name: 22 % of people with a more high-status name: 67 Cultural, Ethnic, Linguistic categories of surname: British
Note: Mosaic UK is the latest version of the Mosaic classification (there are also versions for Australia and the Netherlands now), which classifies people into various social types according to the social characteristics of the neighbourhoods in which they live. It was developed as a marketing research tool, and is used here by social scientists as one of a number of social classification systems to shed more light on the characteristics of people with a particular surname. It covers the whole of the United Kingdom. It's quite reputable, and is used in Scottish Household Survey, for example. Social types range from "Urban Establishment", with the sub-types "Professional Elites", "Captains of Industry", "Manicured Hideaways", "Grey Affluence", "Leafy Fringes", etc. For more details, see www.spatial-literacy.org