Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars: Most Common Names among British Officers during the Peninsular War

The following data is compiled from the Challis Index, which contains information on over 9617 British officers who served in the Peninsular War. In some cases, there were many variants of the spelling of the family names. However, for this study, only those individuals with the exact spelling as given below, are included. Additionally, only the officer's name had to be exact and if an individual had a middle name, he was not included in the number.

Name Number of Officers with Name
Alexander Campbell
9
Archibald Campbell
9
John Campbell
9
John Clarke
8
William Jones
8
William Smith
8
William Williams
8
John Armstrong
7
Duncan Campbell
7
John Fraser
7
John Hamilton
7
James Stewart
7
John Stewart
7
William Stewart
7
John Evans
6
John Grant
6
John Hay
6
John Ross
6
John Taylor
6
John Wilson
6
John Wood
6

 

Source:

Challis, Lionel. "The Challis Index". London: Royal United Services Institute, no date. Was most likely compiled during the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2008

 

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