Geneology – Where do I Come From?

Writing about web page http://cetl2.geog.ucl.ac.uk/uclnames/Surnames.aspx

Well, my Grandad is ‘doing’ our family history – and in a nutshell:

  • Our branch of the Leavers seem to come from Essex, then they went into London and now they’ve come back out again.
  • The Grothiers seem to come from Hamburg – but the trail’s gone cold.
  • The Woodhams seem to be South-East again
  • And the Johnstons seem to be Scottish (big surprise there then!)

This website is very interesting though.

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.

Someone also sent me this one:

http://www.yourenotme.com/

And:

I am unique!

(At least in the UK.)

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33 Responses to “Geneology – Where do I Come From?”
  1. Tom Abbott says:

    There seem to be 5 me’s.

    Interestingly
    by marrying me Steph has become more common – she has gone from being 1
    of 5 to being 1 of 25. Just goes to show huh!

  2. Casey Leaver says:

    Himself is one of 4 which surprises me – because he has a relatively rare surname.

    His mother’s maiden name doesn’t feature at all on the surname search as well – but then it is Irish.

  3. I’m unique too, as is my brother!

  4. Andrea Breau says:

    I’m unique too! 🙂

    Also (perhaps unsurprisingly) according to the UCL
    project my surname doesn’t exist anywhere in the UK. If we were in
    France in certain areas of eastern Canada that would be an entirely
    different story!

  5. Casey Leaver says:

    Does unique stop being unique if lots of other people are unique too?!

  6. Holly Cruise says:

    Nooooooooo!

    There’s two of me. That means I am not (Britain) unique.

    Boo!

  7. Holly Cruise says:

    Also the UCL
    website is a bit odd. Cruise is Irish Celtic according to it, but we
    always believed that the name was Norman (the family are Celtic enough
    but that’s due to the other branches of the family who didn’t get their
    surnames retained) and so categorically not Celtic (Celts= Irish,
    Normans = Old English).

    Interesting.

  8. Helen Ryan says:

    There are 182 of me.
    Doesn’t surprise me as there was another Helen Ryan in my year at school.
    More surprised by the 15 Nyimas in the UK (my middle name).

  9. Casey Leaver says:

    How do you pronounce that?

  10. 2391 Leighton’s
    8 Joskey’s

    And only 1 me.

    My mum always said I was special…

  11. David Kelly says:

    There are 1334 David Kellys in the UK. I’m surprised it’s not more. However, I’m glad there aren’t exactly 3 more.

  12. There
    are 46 Kathryn Grants, 27 Kate Grants and 24 Katie Grants 😦 (I get
    called any of these, though normally Kate or Katie) Hmmmmm. Not so
    unique at all. I searched my maiden name and there are none! But then
    my maiden name was Maultby and there aren’t many of those…

  13. She Bevan says:

    30
    of me, 30 of my sis, 138 of my brother, and as I felt mum and dad have
    fairly unusual names I did them too – 48 of my mother, and dad wins
    with 17!

    I find it spooky that both me and sis come out with same number!

  14. 19,462 Chris’s in the UK, and only one of them is a Rossdale!

  15. I am unique in the UK. But frankly I’m not surprised! Actually I think that no one else in the world shares my name.

  16. Actually I’m not even unique – I simply don’t exist… hmm. Descartes was obviously wrong.

  17. two
    of me. my sisters don’t exist. my little brother’s unique as is my
    mother and stepdad even though their surnames are english.

    i want to know who’s the other me, it sounds rather suspicious.

  18. James Miles says:

    It told me I don’t exist at first!! Forgot to use my full name! 133, quite common really I suppose.

  19. 191! I thought I was special, unique but I’m as common as mud. I HATE you womanwhowroteaboutthisverygoodtoexcellentsite. 😥

  20. there’s more than 100000 lauras but only 13 kilarskis (even that nr. surprises me though), resulting in a single me.

  21. Hywel Rowles says:

    Apparently
    2 of me, which I find surprising. Did you know there are 2014 people
    called Hywel in the UK. That seems quite high! My brother, Lewys, is
    also duplicated once although there are only 52 people with his
    spelling!

    Very surprising statistics!

  22. Luke Parks says:

    2 of me apparently; although if it’s based on the electoral roll both are me.

  23. Holly Cruise says:

    Aha!
    That’s it! I know this site is based on the electoral role so if
    there’s two of me does that mean it’s actually just me? I am unique!
    Happy now…

  24. Hywel Rowles says:

    Aha
    – Luke you may have cracked it – I’m still on the electoral roll in
    South Wales at my parents house. (Must get them to change that!) I do
    find it hard to believe that anyone else would have my name!

  25. Five of me. One is bad enough!

  26. Matt says:

    Call me anal, but it’s ‘genealogy’, not ‘geneology’. Feel free to hate me now…

  27. I am unique! Booya! 😀 I still can’t believe there are so many others called Mia tho. 1154? bah… 😐

    You
    are unique. You are one with the angry Squirrel. Shout ‘I am the
    unique. I am unified with the badger overlord.’ People will run away.
    That’s because they’re jealous. JEALOUS…

  28. Rachel Lile says:

    I
    am also not common. I like the comment from the website?!You are
    unique. You are one with the angry Squirrel. Shout ‘I am the unique. I
    am unified with the badger overlord.’ People will run away. That’s
    because they’re jealous. JEALOUS

  29. Simon Young says:

    I
    think I’ve well & truly lost this uniqueness game! I was in Dorset
    on Wednesday for a race in the British Universities Karting
    Championship. As I’ve graduated, I wasn’t eligible to score points, so
    rather than take up a Warwick driver’s seat I was asked to fill in for
    another university whose driver had dropped out. I hence found myself
    racing for Bristol University’s B-team, alongside a guy called Simon
    Young!

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