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.
'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.