Naming Rivers and Places

A map doing the rounds at the moment (thanks to a plug from flowingdata) is Derek Watkin's brilliant map of "generic" terms for rivers in the United States (above).The map shows how different cultural and linguistic factors have influenced the naming...


Halloween Surname Map

Just for a bit of fun, I have produced a map of the places you are most likely to meet someone with a “scary” surname. I have only thought of a few off the top of my head (Bat, Death, Devil, Fear, Fright, Ghost, Halloween, Skeleton and Wi...


CASA Working Paper

My Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) working paper titled “Family Names as Indicators of Britain’s Changing Regional Geography” has been published online. The paper is one of my PhD upgrade documents and contains the resul...


Roads Marking Landscape

Ben Fry has produced a map of the USA’s landscape patterns by plotting only its roads. His All Streets project involved collating network data covering all the roads in the lower 48 United States (26 million road segments!) and mapping them (se...


Featured Map: "Non-British Names Map"

I wanted to avoid the misleading effects of poorly selected spatial units and inappropriate data categorisation in my next Featured Map. I produced it for a forthcoming CASA Working Paper to inform my analysis of general surname trends in Great Brita...


Featured Map: Possible Surname Regions in Britain

This map is one I created for a working paper I am currently writing. Using surnames from the 1881 census of Great Britain, I have been implementing a measure (the Lasker’s Distance) that establishes the similarity of populations based on their Coe...


POPfest 2009 Presentation

Below is the presentation I gave at POPfest 2009 on the 2nd July. The conference took place at LSE during one of the hottest weeks of the year and the organizers did a great job of keeping the delegates happy with plenty of strawberries, chilled drin...