Map My Surname

December 6, 2012  - by 

Sometimes it is possible to guess where an immigrant originated through surname distribution maps. These maps graphically display locations where surnames occurred at different periods in time. This strategy provides genealogists with a starting point for research in the birth country, when that information cannot be discovered through sources recorded in the new country of settlement. It works particularly well for less-common surnames and among families that have stayed in the same European locations for centuries.

Online Surname Distribution Maps

Country Website
World Names http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/
Argentina http://www.miparentela.com/mapas-ar/
Austria http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Belgium http://www.familienaam.be/
Canada http://www.dynastree.ca/
England http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
England http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
England ($) http://www.rootsuk.com/
France http://www.geopatronyme.com/
France http://www.genealogie.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/
France http://www.familleunie.fr/cartes
Germany http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Germany http://www.verwandt.de/karten/
Germany http://www.gen-evolu.de/
Ireland http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/
Italy http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html
Netherlands http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfb/index.php?taal=eng
Poland http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/
Spain https://idapadron.ine.es/fapel/FAPEL.INICIO
Spain http://www.miparentela.com/mapas
Spain http://www.ine.es/daco/daco42/nombyapel/nombyapel.htm?L=0
Switzerland http://www.verwandt.ch/karten/
United Kingdom http://www.dynastree.co.uk/maps
United Kingdom http://www.forebears.co.uk/surnames
United States http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
United States http://www.dynastree.com/maps
Wales http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
Wales http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
Wales http://www.rootsuk.com/

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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