Sculpher /Sculfor / Sculfer:

Research into the family history (undertaken by others) has traced the family back to 1530 - when parish records first started to be kept. During that time many different variations of the Sculpher name have been found, including Sculford, Sculforde, Sculforthe, Scullfer, Sculthrop, Sculthrope, Skilpher and Skulfer!      
   
William Thomas Sculpher was my grandfather on my mothers side. He was born on the 2nd November 1888 and had a twin sister called Mary Ann Sculpher. Mary Ann  married James Roach in 1915 and had a son William G Roach on the 22nd February 1920 (March quarter Hackney, volume 1b, page 945). William married Catherine Owen in 1945 and he died in 1976. They had two children, Michael William (born 1946) and James (born 1964).  I believe James and Mary Ann another two children, Ethel M Roach born in the June quarter of 1921 (Hackney, volume 1b, page 685) and Joyce L Roach, born in the December quarter of 1925 (Hackney, volume 1b, page 494).  
   
When researching the Sculpher family, I did find it confusing at times as I would find a death certificate for a child that was before what appeared to be their birth! I discovered that the Sculpher family were in the habit of reusing the names of children that had died in childhood. For example, Charles Sculpher, born on the 14th March 1831 died on the 31st May 1831, however the name Charles reappears six years later on the 14th February 1837! This, second Charles survived his childhood and died in 1890 age 53.

Another very confusing family is that of George Sculfer and Susanna Chubock. They married in 1710 and had seventeen children, including four daughters named Mary, two sons called William and two sons called Samuel. The latter named Mary, William and Samuel apparently survived as the names didn't appear again.
 
   
Some have speculated that the name is Norse in origin - it is not. It is an Old English name that is topographical in nature - "the dweller in the hut by the ford". In the 1891 census, fifty-nine families with the name Sculpher were to be found living in Norfolk. This represented 64% of all the recorded Sculpher's in the UK with another 20% living in London. In the 1881 census, Sculpher's were likely to be farmer workers but a small percentage (5%) were boot and shoe makers.  Source: Ancestry.co.uk.