Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

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

The following data is compiled from the Challis Index, which contains information on 9617 British officers who served in the Peninsular War. The following list is for all officers who served with British units, but excludes those who served with the King's German Legion, the Brunswick Light Infantry, and the Brunswick Hussars, which are included in the Challis Index. The total number of officers for the study below is 8861. Of these officers, 6503 or 73% of all officers had one of these first names. Of the top five names, 46% of all officers had these names.

First Name Number of Officers with Name
Percentage of Officer with Name
John
1305
14.7%
William
1024
11.6%
James
605
6.83%
Thomas
598
6.75%
George
524
5.91%
Charles
424
4.69%
Robert
395
4.46%
Henry
376
4.24%
Edward
290
3.72%
Richard
241
2.71%
Alexander
195
2.2%
Francis
149
1.68%
Samuel
148
1.67%
Joseph
128
1.44%
Frederick
101
1.13%

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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