The Best of 2011

As 2011 draws to a close it is worth reflecting on what, I think, has been a defining year for mapping and spatial analysis. Geographic data have become open, big, and widely available, leading to the production of new and interesting maps on an almo...


Surnames for the Big Chill

Thanks to the jet stream, many parts of the UK have just had the coldest November night on record. During these extreme weather events we become especially interested in weather maps and, of course, the #uksnow map is busier than ever. In such times ...


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...


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...


BBC Radio Wales: Welsh Surnames

I recently had an interview with Radio Wales‘ “Good Evening Wales“. Following media interest in the migrations of some Welsh surnames such as “Jones”,  BBC Wales wanted a little more information from our own World Names...


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...


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...



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