Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Predicting places from names in the UK

You've probably looked at distribution maps for surnames in your family tree. is freely available and for the UK there's
There's an interesting new site, part of a University College London research project, which looks at the distribution of two names together showing where a couple or friends with those two surnames might have met. It's an alpha quality product and they're asking for feedback.
I tried with two names, one strong in parts of Scotland, one mainly from the London area. The resulting map highlighted both areas -- hardly surprising. London happened to be where they met.
You can also look at the distribution of single surnames on a database which may be more current than available elsewhere.

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