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Surname mapping

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Surname mapping is a useful technique for a surname DNA project. Many surnames have regional distribution patterns. Mapping the distribution of a surname at different points in time will often reveal the origin of the family name and will thus provide a narrower focus for further research and for recruitment efforts. Surname maps are generally created using information from censuses, electoral registers and telephone directories.

Surname mapping websites

  • Forebears (Maps showing the global distribution of surnames in 2014
  • World Names A website from ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.They have collated and aggregated 1,055,032,734 publicly available data records from 570 sources across 198 countries to map forenames and surnames across the world.




British Isles

  • Forebears
  • GB Names A website provided by the Consumer Data Research Centre. Provides surname distributions in Britain from the 1851-1911 censuses and for more recent years (1997, 2006 and 2016).
  • The Genealogist - has maps showing the distribution of surnames in the 1941 to 1911 census and the 1939 Register. Subscribers can access maps showing surname distribution the birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales
  • Your Family History A site which provides surname distribution maps for England and Wales from census data (1841-1911).

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United States

Surname mapping software

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