The Origins of Scholes
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is an English north-country name of Scandinavian origin. There are four
villages called Scholes in Yorkshire as well as several hamlets. In
Lancashire the town of Wigan has a district of that name and there are a
few much smaller places elsewhere in the county.
use of Scholes as a surname dates back to the late 13th
century. There are roughly four and half thousand persons in the United
Kingdom with the name and its principal spelling variants. More than
half live in the historic counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Many
Scholes immigrated to the United States in the 19th century
and the number today probably exceeds 3000.
Revised July 2004
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