Sheffield City Council unclaimed estates: the full list of surnames which could mean you are a long lost heir
There are 69 unclaimed estates from people who died without an heir in Sheffield over the last 30 years
Stumbling upon a fortune is something that only happens in dreams for many people, or if you are one of the lucky few to bag a winning lottery ticket.
But suddenly coming into piles of money can happen under different circumstances - like a hefty inheritance.
Every year hundreds of people in the UK die without a will, leaving behind their property, money and other possessions as unclaimed estates.
If a blood relative cannot be found, and the dead person’s assets are worth more than £500, their estate will pass to the Crown.
Currently, there are more than 7,500 such estates still lying heirless in England and Wales, and are potentially worth hundreds of millions.
Long lost relatives of the deceased people – potential heirs to their estate – have 30 years to make a claim to the Bona Vacantia division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department, which keeps the assets in limbo on behalf of the Crown.
Here’s everything you need to know – and how to make your claim.
Sheffield City Council’s unclaimed states
The BVD is currently sitting on 69 unclaimed estates from people who died without an heir in Sheffield over the last 30 years.
Between them, the deceased people had 67 surnames, which could be clues to help track down relatives.
Everyone from nieces, nephews, half siblings and their offspring, cousins and half aunts or uncles could have a stake in a person’s estate.
That’s if husbands, wives, parents, children, grandchildren and siblings cannot be tracked down, all of whom come higher up the inheritance pecking order.
The list of surnames in Sheffield as of October 15 is:
Abberey, Ali-Bin-Ali, Allen, Bailey, Bessant, Bigsgrove, Bird, Box, Brown, Burton, Casson, Cockayne, Cooper, Davies, Dejneka, Donaghy, Donovan, Doran, Dwyer, Fletcher, Gash, Gilbert, Green, Hamer, Harrison, Hartley, Hill, Horton, Ibbotson, Jamieson, Johanes, Juhasz, Keatley, Kinkade, Kolencik, Littlewood, Locke, McDermott, McGinty, Murphy, Naylor, O'Farrell, O'Hara, Oldale, Parmar, Pegg, Prystasz, Redmond, Roberts, Ronksley, Smith, Stacey, Staniforth, Taylor, Taylor, Thomas, Thorpe, Wainwright, Walker, Watson, Watson, Wazir, Wheatcroft, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Williams, Wood, Yates, Zolnowski
This list is not exhaustive – it does not include people who were born in Sheffield but died elsewhere in the country or abroad.
And of course families nowadays are spread out all over the country, so relatives could be dotted around in different regions.
That means you could still be in with a shot at some unclaimed riches, even if you do not have a connection with someone on the Sheffield City Council list.
How to check the list and make a claim
The full list of unclaimed estates in England and Wales is here.
The BVD handles unclaimed estates in England and Wales, except where the estate is held by the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster – that’s if the estate is in Cornwall or the historic county palatine of Lanaster
Anyone who thinks they have a claim can send in a family tree showing how they are related to the person who died, including the dates of birth, marriage and death of all those on the tree.
The BVD will then ask for extra documentary evidence if they think they may be entitled to a claim.