If you were on board a male convict ship sailing from England to Australia in the first half of of the 19th century, chances are that some of your companions on the voyage were named John, Joseph, James, William, George, Edward, Henry, Thomas, Charles, Benjamin or Samuel.
If you were on board one of the female convict ships some of your companions were probably Mary, Mary Ann, Maria, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jane, Margaret, Anne, Charlotte, Martha or Sarah; or perhaps a little less likely Lucy, Frances, Sally, Emma, Alice, Phoebe, Grace, Louisa, Rebecca or Lydia.
On the Convict ships from Ireland predominate first names included Patrick, Bryan, Daniel, Michael, Owen, Terence, Denis, Timothy, Francis or perhaps Lawrence, Richard or Martin. The women were often named Bridget, Margaret, Mary, Anne, Catherine, Rose, Ellen, Eleanor, Johanna and Eliza.
Some of the first names that appear less frequently in convict records are listed below: