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SURNAMES GALORE

02/05/2007

The geo-genealogy project at CASA has been featured on a supplement of the Observer called "The top 500 British Surnames" published on the Sunday 15th of April 2007. Drill down for a detailed summary of progress on the project.

Professor Paul Longley provides a gentle introduction to name taxonomy and their geographical distribution across Britain. Maurizio Gibin created a map of the most diffused British surnames at postal town level.

The Surname Profiler is a recent research project based at CASA (UCL) which has investigated the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic, in order to understand patterns of regional economic development, population movement and cultural identity. This website allows users to search the databases that we have created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names. If you click here, the surnames profiler will be launched and you can key in any surname and find its distribution in 1881 and in 1998. The change between the dates is interesting because most surnames have diffused and become less concentrated which is indicative of increased mobility in the UK.

The Surname Profiler has been used quite widely since it was first launched and is now badged as part of the geodemographics theme within CASA and UCL, led by Paul Longley which is also part of the SPLINT project . There is also a special conference session at the Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference in August-September 2006. 12 experts from different countries will present their research on the geography of naming practice from very diverse approaches. Click to find more details

Related Links:
Surnames Profiler website
Paul Longley
Maurizio Gibin