A database on British surnames (that is, those of England, Scotland and
Wales) has been set up by the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham (in
the English Midlands) and University College, London.
An article on the database can be found at
The following paragraphs
give a hint of the whole article:
"What's in a surname?
Everyone's got a surname, but now a website which maps names against areas
of the country where they are most common helps shed light on where our
families come from.
Until now it's been hard to know what a surname says about someone. But a
website has been launched that maps more than 25,000 surnames across
Britain, highlighting areas of concentration.
Anyone can tap in their name and with the click of a mouse glimpse a profile
of how others who share their name are distributed around the country...
It maps the distribution of surnames from the 1998 electoral register and
does the same against the 1881 census, making it possible to see how
surnames moved around the country during the last century."
The database could help you find where your British ancestors came from
either before or after the move to Ireland.
The database went online on 14th January and is very busy at the moment.
The URL is www.spatial-literacy.org/
To clear up a point, the United Kingdom is the 3 countries on the main
island and Northern Ireland. Great Britain is the 3 countries on the main
island alone. All the people are British and English, Irish, Scottish or