Apr. 9th, 2007

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This is quite interesting (I don't recall seeing it on LiveJournal before - but feel free to ignore me if it is a repost!)

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

A recent research project based at University College London (UCL) 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.

e.g. the distribution of Bolton's in 1881 and 1998 )

Do your own search here: http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/Surnames.aspx
(There's lots more information there - the maps are just an example...)

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