Tracing your roots

4 02 2006

I stumbled across this university surname profiler for the U.K and gave it ago, I was pleasantly surprised Razz

So I started with my dad’s surname: “Williams”

1881

As you can see, it’s particulairly prolific in my part of the U.K, which was surprising, as I thought it was much more widespread across the U.K.

Category of surname Celtic; Welsh; Name of Parent Ending in -S

Great Britain Frequency (1998) 285836 100
Northern Ireland 901.09 12.7
Republic of Ireland 107.36 1.5
Australia 6303.59 88.8
New Zealand 6095.81 85.8
United States 8723.42 122.8
Canada 3662.88 51.6

Great Britain top area (1881) Llandudno
Great Britain top area (1998) Llandudno (not much has changed there since 1881 i gather!)

Great Britain top area index * 923

Australia top state Tasmania
Australia top state index * 140

New Zealand top province Gisborne
New Zealand top province index * 135

United States top state Mississippi
United States top state index * 201

Mosaic type with highest index # Upland Hill Farmers

Cultural, Ethnic, Linguistic categories of surname English, Welsh

1998

My mothers side “Scott”

1881

Celtic; Scottish; Personal Name

Well, perhaps I have some Scottish in me after all, I’m going to have to dig deeper Wink

Great Britain Frequency (1998) 103204 100
Great Britain Frequency (1881) 76058

Northern Ireland 3861.29 150.6
Republic of Ireland 66.73 2.6
Australia 2572.74 100.3
New Zealand 3709.75 144.7
United States 2660.67 103.8
Canada 3042.48 118.7

Great Britain top area (1881) Galashiels
Great Britain top area (1998) Galashiels (no similarity with Llandudno then)

Australia top state Tasmania
Australia top state index * 146

New Zealand top province Nelson
New Zealand top province index * 180

United States top state D of Columbia
United States top state index * 150

Mosaic type with highest index # Sharing a Staircase (WTF?)

Cultural, Ethnic, Linguistic categories of surname English

1998

I think more investigation is in order Mr. Green

If you want to have a go, the link is here: Surname Profiler


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4 responses

7 02 2006
Rhys

That’s a great site, I’ve done the same with my surname and my girfriend’s. My mum’s maiden name is/was Williams, soi you’ve saved me the bother there.

WordPress is cool.

7 02 2006
Gareth Williams

Heh, I was really quite surprised as I though “Williams” was much more widespread. I had a strong inclination that it was of Welsh origin, but i’d love to go into it further. Although that requires going back some time, as I know my Grandad on my motherside was born and raised in Newport, building the cenitaph in the city centre. I have a picture of him somewhere, that’s given me an idea😉

I love wordpress, I joined it just out of curiosity. Now i’m hooked with the amount of features. =)

9 02 2006
Rhys

You may have noticed that some people have in their late 20’s have surname’s that have been ‘tunred’ back to the Welsh version, many with the ‘ap’ bit in the middle, which means ‘son of’ like Mc or Mac in Scottish Gaelic and O’ in Irish. This is probably due to in increase in a Welsh identity from the 60’s – 80’s onwards, and people of my generation are the children of these people.

Strangely enough, there’s a recent discussion about this on Maes-e, where the poster, who has a friend with the surname ‘Gwilym’ wich is the original Welsh verison of Williams. The discussion goes on to say how others thought it was odd that someone would give their child a Welsh surname, some arguing it was a bit pretentious, while others have either changed thier name themselves or are contemplating doing it, or if the had a child, they’d give their child the orifginl version of their own, now anglicized surname.

Price comes from > Prys which is from > ap Rhys
Powell > ap Hywel
Lloyd > Llwyd
Jones > ap Sion / ap Ioan
Wynne > Gwyn

http://www.maes-e.com/viewtopic.php?t=17251

2 07 2006

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