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Sometimes it is possible to guess where a surname 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[edit | edit source]

Country
Website
World (237 countries)
http://www.forebears.co.uk/surnames
World (26 countries)
http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/
Argentina
http://www.miparentela.com/
Austria
http://namenskarten.lima-city.at/en/
Belgium
http://www.familienaam.be/
https://www.surnamemap.eu/belgium/
Canada
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
https://lastnames.myheritage.com/last-names/
Croatia
https://actacroatica.com/en/search?surname=True
Czech Republic
http://www.kdejsme.cz/
Denmark
https://www.surnamemap.eu/denmark/
England
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
England ($)
http://www.rootsuk.com/
France
http://www.geopatronyme.com/
http://www.genealogie.com/nom-de-famille/
http://www.familleunie.fr/
http://www.nomdefamille.eu/en/
Germany
http://geogen.stoepel.net/
https://www.kartezumnamen.eu/en/
https://nvk.genealogy.net/map
Ireland ($)
http://www.johngrenham.com/
https://www.surnamemap.eu/ireland/
Italy
http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html
http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/cognomi/cognomi.html
https://www.cognomix.it/mappe-dei-cognomi-italiani
https://www.mappadeicognomi.it/en/
Netherlands
http://www.verwandt.de/karten/
http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfb/index.php?taal=eng
https://www.surnamemap.eu/netherlands/
Poland
https://nazwiska-polskie.pl/
Romania
http://www.hartanumeromanesti.eu/en/
Scotland
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
Spain
https://www.mapadeapellidos.eu/index.php
https://www.ine.es/widgets/nombApell/index.shtml
http://www.ine.es/apellidos/formGeneral.do?vista=3
http://www.mapadeapellidos.eu/en/
Switzerland
http://www.verwandt.ch/Start.action  
United Kingdom
https://lastnames.myheritage.com/last-names/
https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/
United States
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
https://lastnames.myheritage.com/last-names/
Wales
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
http://www.rootsuk.com/

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

1. "Familienname," Wikipedia. Available online.

2. Meitzler, Leland. "Surname Distribution Maps for the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria & Switzerland on dynastree.com," Genealogy Blog. Available online.

3. Meitzler, Leland. "Surname Distribution Maps For Argentina, the Netherlands & the United Kingdom Are Online," Genealogy Blog. Available online.

4. Murphy, Nathan W. "Localize Your Surname with Distribution Maps," Price and Associates Genealogical Services. Available online.

5. "Surname map," Wikipedia. Available online.

6. "Surname Mapping," ISOGG Wiki. Available online.