Friday, 18 November 2016

Named

A new study has found the origins of more than 45,000 surnames in the British Isles.

The four-year project researching the history and diaspora of family names, by a team of researchers led by the University of the West of England, also explained the meaning of 8,000 surnames for the first time.

The research also found that 80 per cent of the most common surnames were "native" to the UK and Ireland.

Among the most popular were:

  • Smith (400,000 in the 1881 census, 500,000 today)
  • Jones (300,000 in 1881, 400,000 now.
  • Williams (200,000 in 1881, 300,000 now)
  • Brown (200,000 in 1881, more than 250,000 now)
  • Taylor (200,000 in 1881, more than 250,000 now)
  • Johnson (more than 100,000 in 1881, more than 150,000 now)
  • Lee (more than 50,000 in 1881, nearly 84,000 now)
More detail at TInd

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