Thanks for posting this.
However, I request that any follow-ups to Devon-L about your message
be confined to Devon-related issues. Messages for example saying that
the database is busy and therefore inaccessible (as I've just found
out :-) are OFF-TOPIC and should be directed elsewhere.
From the BBC News website:
A website which maps global surnames has been launched to help people
find the origins of their name and how far it may have spread.
The Public Profiler site plots 10.8 million last names using data
from electoral rolls and phone directories.
The site covers a billion people in 26 countries, showing the origins
of names and where families have scattered.
The site - http://www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames/
- also reveals
which of the 6.5 million forenames are most closely associated with
different surnames and lists the top regions and cities for each
It was developed by a team of geographers from University College
London. Professor Paul Longley, one of the researchers, said: "The
information is not just historical but geographical. We can link
names to places - a name is now not just a statement of who you are
but where you are."
Most surnames originated in specific places in the world and remain
most frequent in those areas, but have often spread to other
countries because of migration, the research showed.
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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