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Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:28 am

Forgive me if this has been posted before, i did do a search but couldn't find it.

http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/Surnames.aspx

Anyway, this might be of interest to those whose surnames are of British descent, as a survey has been compiled showing the geographical distribution of surnames across Britain using the 1881 and 1998 Census information. What is quite fascinating is how closely identifie with specific regions many surnames were then - and still are, despite all the supposed improvements in mobility.

My own surname is really closely identified with the East Midlands, which is really surprising to me, as I thought it would have been much more a north-west name in terms of its origin.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:52 am

It's pretty accurate!  Smile
 
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:53 am

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:15 am

My surname is from Italy, and other ancestors were from Ireland, but I looked up a name from my mother's side as I knew it to be of English origin. Its concentration in both 1881 and 1998 was the highest, by some considerable margin, in the Maidstone region southeast of London.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:15 am

Pretty accurate for me, my family are from down Watford/Hemel Hempstead way from my grandfather up (whose name I had before I got married). The highest concentration shows around the north London areas.

Didn't like my current surname (Marsh-Giddings) for some reason - maybe that's because me and the other half are the only people in the UK with that surname as we made it!  Smile

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:21 am

Quite a surprise for me, I always thought we originated in Nottingham but it looks more like a Yorkshire thing, although thanks to the efforts of my Father and Brothers we are taking over Norfolk!

Is there an NZ version?
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:14 am

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 5):
Is there an NZ version?

Except for Maori names, would it be meaningful? Surely it would be much more random, with a bias towards the original settlers routes through the country. There might be some correlation with individual groups, but it would a lot weaker I'd have thought.

With this particular site, it'd be really interesting if they could add Ireland.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:21 am

Pretty Accurate - I'm descended from Northerners  Smile
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:39 am

Cool link - my last name is English, and my great grandmother was born on the boat her family immigrated from England on, but I know zip about the rest of my heritage. Looks like I likely hale from the Lincolnshire or Norfolk area!
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:39 am

hmm my surname from the Harrogate area, not too sure where or what its like there since i've never been to Britian but i do know forsure my last name is of British decent.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:30 am

Okay, so the story goes when my paternal grandfather came into this country in the 1930s he changed the spelling of the name and possibly the pronunciation and never told anyone. So, my family and I are pretty much alone. We do know he came from near Dusseldorf Germany.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:19 am

My surname is from Ireland, although we dropped the O' part when my ancestors came to the states
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:31 am

My last name is Green. Pretty boring if you ask me.

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Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:10 am

Very interesting. Looks like my grandmother's people came from Southampton or Portsmouth, which may explain why I've been drawn to the sea all my life.
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:50 am

According to the map, my name is primarily from Gloucestershire, Harefs and Wales.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:21 pm

I was mildly surprised that the English name on my mother's side was from Kent, Maidstone in particular. When the ancestors came to the what is now the United States in the mid-1700's, they settled in New England. Most of the English settlers who came to New England were from East Anglia.
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:40 pm

My surename is Hjelmen, meaning Helmet. My ancestors came from an island near Stord, Norway, called Hjelmen. The name comes from a hill/small mountain, which from the sea looks like a Viking helmet.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:01 pm

Surname is 100% Scottish/Celtic. Way back when, someone in my family was the son of Wil.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:14 pm

I live in Lancashire, my surname in 1881 and 1998 is still most common here.

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Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:18 pm

It seems that Pearson - Name Of Parent; Ending in -Son; After Male Personal Name - is very much from the North of England, particularly Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. I was born and raised in Devon, where it's rated as "least."
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:25 pm

Mine is fairly rare, mostly confined to Oldham and Tameside in North West England.

There are subgroups in New Zealand (Auckland) and Devon but mainly clustered around the north west.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:36 pm

Mine's from the Isle of Man and has concentrations in the NW of England, as well as a few in the Midlands, Bristol. Devon and NE Scotland.

Commonest overseas in Wyoming in the US and in Manawatu-Wanganui in New Zealand.

1881 map shows the biggest concentration in the Lake District, but only 60 of them. 1998 shows 177.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:48 pm

Mostly in the north and south of Scotland in the 1881 census.

And then we migrated a little further south in the century inbetween.
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:58 pm

My name comes from a town called Castropol on the Galicia Asturias border.
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:03 am



1800 one

and the 1998 one below. Very odd. It seems very popular in Scotland.



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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:44 am

Quoting Tuffgong (Reply 9):
not too sure where or what its like there since i've never been to Britian

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:46 am

Looks like my surname is historically most common in Kilmarnock, Ayr County. Proper Scottish lad, I guess.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:04 am

My surname, Miles came up with the following;

1881



1998


Looks like the name is from Wales/Southwest area of the UK.

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Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:57 am

My surname is Scotish, I am a lowlander from the area around Dumphries don't know if I spelled that correctly. I have our family tartan and crest on the wall in my study. Thanks to the efforts of my grandfather we have gathered an extensive family history. I have yet to visit Scotland but hope to soon.
 
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:08 pm

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 13):
from Southampton or Portsmouth

Same here! Surname is Orchard, by the way
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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:41 pm

Interesting. My surname, Marks, appears to be most highly concentrated in the South West (Devon, Somerset and Cornwall) and yet I know of no relatives there. I was born in Surrey and my father came from a long line of Marks' in Keighley, Yorkshire. Where, incidentally, there is a small concentration.

Yet, none in 1881. Which is strange as I have been able to trace my family back to the early 1800's and they all lived around the Yorkshire/Teeside area.

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RE: Your Surname's Geographical Profile

Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:35 am

There were no results found for your selection. There needed to be at least 100 people with the name on the Electoral Register in 1998 to be in the database. We are hoping to add these missing names at a later date.

This isn't a surprise to me, apart from my parents, myself and my wife, and a certain British musician I know of no one else with my surname.
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