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Trace your name and find out where it's going
« on: Sep 16, 2006, 20:19 »
The website www.spatial-literacy.org allows users to find out where a surname was most commonly found in 1881 and 1998. From this data it plots a map showing the spread and alos gives lots of other interesting stuff.


go to the main page, click the "search for a surname", then "start a surname search" put your name and press "find".

You will be surprised !

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Re: Trace your name and find out where it's going
« Reply #1 on: Sep 17, 2006, 18:19 »
What an interesting site.My name seems to have consolidated in Northumbria and spread south and west; I must have some fecund cousins in the West Country!  :D

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 17, 2006, 19:40 »
Am too daft to get this to work  :(

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Re: Trace your name and find out where it's going
« Reply #3 on: Sep 17, 2006, 19:57 »
I don't believe that.

Here's a second attempt to make it easier. Go straight to this link

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

1. TIn the blank box half way down type your family name i.e. SMITH

2. They click the "FIND" button

3. It will then bring up a list of nearest or exact matches.

4. Click the one you want and you are away !

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Re: Trace your name and find out where it's going
« Reply #4 on: Sep 17, 2006, 20:00 »
Don't get any blank box, must be doing it wrong? :(

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 17, 2006, 20:17 »
 To the right of this text "Type the surname or partial surname you would like to search for (For example, type a full surname like LONGLEY or a partial one like LL to search for any names starting with LL such as LLOYD). For names which contain an apostrophe (e.g. O'Neil) omit the apostrophe when searching (e.g. type ONeil instead):
 
Only use letters or type a partial name if you don't know the full surname " should be a blank box. If there is'nt I have no idea why. Sorry

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 17, 2006, 20:19 »
Tis ok, don't expect there to be that many "Nielsen"s in the UK anyway.

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 17, 2006, 20:35 »
Well, that's where you are wrong !

Apparently "NIELSEN Imported From Abroad; European; Danish" is what it says.

In 1881 "TRURO" in Cornwall was the hotspot for bumping into Neilsen's. In 1998 that's changed to West Central London. There's also a hot spot over in HULL area. I guess that would be due to the port there. IN 1881 the name occurred every 4 times per milion other names. In 1998 it's 24 per million. Looks like the Neilsen's are gowing ! :D There were 1024 Neilsen's in 1998 ! (Up from 96 in 1881).

I have copied a couple of the pages but you need to see the website to get the full benefit !

 This is copied " Geographical Location  Map of 1998   Map of 1881   Home    Help 

Name or category: NIELSEN
 
Statistics about this name  Frequency 1881 1998 Change
Frequency 96 907 +811
Rank Order 18704 5618 +13086
Occurrences per million names 4 24 +20
 

Ethnicity of forenames  Ethnicity of forenames NIELSEN
Number of occurrences as forename 12
Closest similar surname (phononym) NILSEN
British or unknown 74.23
---English or unknown 73.37
---Irish 0.34
---Scottish 0.26
---Welsh 0.26
Jewish 0.26
Balkan 0.00
French 0.00
German or Dutch 2.39
Greek or Greek Cypriot 0.43
Hispanic 0.43
Hungarian 0.00
Italian 0.00
Nordic 20.31
Polish or Czech 0.17
Russian 0.17
Black African 0.17
North African 0.09
Turkish or Turkish Cypriot 0.00
Other Muslim 0.34
Indian 0.09
---Hindi 0.09
---Sikh 0.00
---Other South Asian 0.00
East Asian 1.02
 

 
Frequency and Ethnicity    Map of 1998   Map of 1881       Home    Help 


 
International Comparisons  International Comparisons Rate As % of GB rate in 1998
Great Britain Frequency (1998) 1023 100
Great Britain Frequency (1881) 96   
Great Britain Rate (1998) 24   
Great Britain Rate (1881) 4   
Northern Ireland 0.00 0.0
Republic of Ireland 0.00 0.0
Australia 325.88 1282.1
New Zealand 296.78 1167.6
United States 325.11 1279.1
Canada 457.52 1800.0

 

Geographical Spread  Geographical Spread Statistics
Great Britain top area (1881) Truro
Great Britain top area (1998) West Central London
Great Britain top area index * 1696
Great Britain top postal town St Agnes
Number of UK gazetteer entries None
County of gazetteer entry Not applicable
Republic of Ireland top county   
Republic of Ireland top county index *   
Australia top state Queensland
Australia top state index * 244
Australia top standard statistical division West Coast, South Australia
New Zealand top province Hawkes Bay 
New Zealand top province index * 190
United States top state Utah
United States top state index * 1262
Number of gazetteer entries in Africa or Asian none
African or Asian country with most gazetteer entries   
Number of gazetteer entries in African or Asian country named above   
   
Social Demographics  Social Demographics Statistics
Category of surname Imported From Abroad; European; Danish
Mosaic type with highest index # Global Connections
Index of top Mosaic type * 647
% of people with a more rural name 96
% of people with a more high-status name 3
Cultural, Ethnic, Linguistic categories of surname Danish or Norwegian, Swedish
 
  # Mosaic is a social classification. More information is available here.
 
* Meaning of an 'index' : An 'index' shows whether the level of something is higher in one area than it is in another area. In this instance we are interested in whether the number of occurrences of a name per million population is higher in a particular area than it is elsewhere. Thus we compare the incidence of a name in the US state where it is most concentrated with the average level of concentration in the whole of the US; the incidence in Australia's top state with the Australian average; the incidence in New Zealand's top province with the New Zealand average; the incidence in GB's top postal area with the GB average.

* Calculation of an 'index' : If a name has a rate per million population in an area which is identical to its rate in a base comparison area then we say it has an index of '100'. An index of '200' for a the name Jenson in Ohio would mean that the name Jenson was twice as common, per million population, in Ohio as it was in the reference area, in this case the whole US. An index of '500' for Wong in Victoria would indicate that the name Wong was five times more common per 1,000,000 names in Victoria than in the whole of Australia. An index of '1000' for the name Penhaligon in New Zealand would mean it was ten times more common per 1,000.000 names in New Zealand than in Great Britain. By contrast an index of only '50' would indicate a name which was only half as common in a target area than in its reference area. 
 
 

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Re: Trace your name and find out where it's going
« Reply #9 on: Oct 18, 2006, 09:40 »
Thanks for the link, it was very interesting.  :D

It confirms what I have found out so far about our family name. Concentrated in Cumberland and Northumberland and haven't moved too far; although we spent 12 years in South Africa!



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