My Academic Research: What’s in a Name?

I have spent the last few years investigating the geography of family names (also called surnames). I work with the team who assembled the UCL Department of Geography Worldnames Database that contains the names and geographic locations of over ...


Surname Diversity in Great Britain

As part of my PhD research I recently produced the map below (high res. version) that shows the diversity of surnames in Great Britain. I wanted to demonstrate that surname diversity is not uniform across Great Britain. For example towns and cities (...


Great Britain’s Surname Cloud

As part of the research group that created the National Trust Surnames Profiler I have access to a comprehensive database of surnames in Great Britain. Most of my analysis on this database is spatial so I thought I would look at non-spatial way of il...


IEEE Geospatial Computing Workshop

Yesterday I presented the paper “Combining Historic Interpretations of the Great Britain Popualtion with Contemporary Spatial Analysis: the Case of Surnames” during the Geospatial Computing Workshop at the 5th IEEE International Conferenc...