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The history behind selected family names in Britain and Ireland [map]

December 7, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 6th December 2016, with information taken from the The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland


'We all have a surname, but how many of us know anything about its roots – origin, history, and what it means today?

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In our map you can explore some of the local surnames across the UK, in current and former counties, from the 1881 census (England, Scotland, and Wales) and in the 1847-64 censuses (Northern and Southern Ireland). The names reflect an abundance of cultural influences, including French, Dutch, Jewish, and Scandinavian. Can you find yours?'

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.  

 

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