Welcome to GBNames

Our research, carried out at the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) and the UCL Urban Dynamics Lab, is exploring the generational and inter-generational residential movements of family groups across Great Britain, using historic censuses and recent consumer registers. The CDRC holds a number of novel consumer datasets that chart recent movements and changes, including the links between geographical and social mobility.

What's your family name?

GBNames records surname searches for statistical purposes. Surnames that have many bearers may take up to 30 seconds to be retrieved from our database, depending on the speed of your internet connection. Visit the website of the Consumer Data Research Centre to find out more about our available data products, related maps, and details on how to gain access to our Open, Safeguarded, and Secure data sets.

Historical Forenames

    Recent Forenames

      Top Historical Parishes

      Historical Parishes

      Top Areas Today

      Middle layer Super Output Areas

      Ethnicity Estimator

      Surname roots
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      ABOUT Given and family names provide clues as to ethnicity. We show a rough estimate of the probable ethnicity of the surname that you entered. Better estimates can be obtained using CDRC and other full names classification software.

      Output Area Classification

      Neighbourhoods classification
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      ABOUT The Output Area Classicication (OAC) is a classification of neighbourhoods, arranged into Supergroups and Groups based upon 2011 Census of Population data. We created this through a collaboration with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and plan to update it following the 2021 Census. We show the 2011 OAC Supergroup and Group in which your selected surname occurs most frequently.

      London Output Area Classification

      London's neighbourhoods classification
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      ABOUT As the UK capital, some of Greater London’s distinctive built and population structures are not described fully by nationwide geodemographic classifications. The London Output Area Classification (LOAC) therefore uses the same methods used create the Output Area Classification but applies them only to Greater London. We show the 2011 LOAC Supergroup and Group in which your selected surname occurs most frequently.

      Healthy Neighbourhoods

      Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards
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      ABOUT Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards (AHAH) is a multi-dimensional index for Great Britain developed by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC in order to describe neighbourhoods as more or less healthy places in which to live. Various data describe access to retail facilities, health services, and physical features. Neighbourhoods can be ranked from best to worst and we show the decile in which your surname occurs most frequently.

      Internet Use and Engagement

      Internet User Classification
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      ABOUT The Consumer Data Research Centre Internet User Classification describes the nature and extent of Internet usage by the residents of neighbourhoods across Great Britain. We show the Group into which the largest number of bearers of your selected surname fall.

      Neighbourhood Deprivation

      Index of Multiple Deprivation

      Broadband Speed

      Fixed broadband download speed

      GBNames Deprivation Score

      Mean percentile (left) and standard deviation (right)

      Frequencies

      1851, 1861, 1881-1901 and 1911

      Frequencies

      1997-2016

      Coming soon

      In the coming months we will be updating GBNames with more surname statistics on Population Churn, Social Mobility and Neighbourhood change, and Residential Mobility and Migration.

      CDRC Data

      CDRC holds many related data products that may be of interest such as our UK Classification of Work Places, London Workplace Zone Classification, and Great Britain's Retail Structure. Visit the website of the Consumer Data Research Centre to find out more about our available data products, related maps, and details on how to gain access to our Open, Safeguarded, and Secure data sets.

      Worldnames 2

      Interested in international occurences of names? Find out more about the Worldnames 2 project in Chapter 4 of our Open Access book on Consumer Data Research.

      Notes

      GBNames is intended to show interesting geographical patterns of names, rather than mapping individuals or families. We do not map or show statistics for names with less than 100 occurences per year. In total we have statistics for over 40,000 unique surnames; these names account for 88 per cent of the 2016 adult population in England, Wales, and Scotland. See Methodology page for further information on GBNames and methodology that we use.

      © Consumer Data Research Centre and Urban Dynamics Lab 2020. All rights reserved. Project led by Prof Paul Longley. Data science and website by Dr Justin van Dijk. Questions or feedback? Please contact info [at] cdrc.ac.uk.
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