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British and Irish family names [infographic]

December 20, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 19th 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


'As the population of Britain and Ireland grows, some surnames are becoming even more common and widespread, alongside a steady continuation of uncommon surnames; but how many of us know anything about our family names’ origins – where it comes from, what it means today, and exactly how long it has actually been around for? Names derive from the diverse language and cultural movement of people who have settled in Britain and Ireland over history, with many of the common surname bearers such as Smith and Jones rapidly increasing from 1881 to the present day.

In our infographic you will find a brief exploration of family name statistics in Britain and Ireland.'

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

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