Surname mapping is a useful technique for a surname DNA project. Many surnames have regional distribution patterns. Mapping the distribution of a surname at different points in time will often reveal the origin of the family name and will thus provide a narrower focus for further research and for recruitment efforts. Surname maps are generally created using information from censuses, electoral registers and telephone directories.
Surname mapping websites
- Worldwide Names Public Profiler
- Map your name
- Surname maps from Forebears
- Ancestry maps (England, Wales, Scotland and US)
- Geogen (Germany and Austria)
- German surname maps from Verwandt
- Surname distributions from the 1942 and 1998 telephone directories
- Surname maps from Forebears based on the 1901 census
- Irish Times maps
- Down Survey of Ireland Maps based on a land survey taken in the years 1656-1658
- Netherlands Family Names
- The Dutch Surnames Bank A database of Surnames in the Netherlands provided by the Meertens Institut
- Verwandt Netherlands
Surname mapping software
- Family Atlas from Roots Magic
- GenMap Software for plotting surname distribution in Britain from your own data
- Surname Atlas Software for plotting surname distribution in Britain from the 1881 census indexes
Commercial mapping services
- Surname Origins Detailed surname maps for the UK, Scotland, Ireland, and the United States
- Rootsmap A surname distribution mapping service for the UK and Ireland
- Irish Origenes, English Origenes and Scottish Origenes For reviews of the Origenes' methodology see:
- A look at the genetic homeland case reports from English Origenes, Irish Origenes and Scottish Origenes, a review by Debbie Kennett.
- Origenes case studies reviews by Howard Mathieson.
- Review of Irish Origenes' Bowes case study by Martha Bowes.
- A civil discourse on Irish Origenes' methods, a discussion on the Anthrogenica forum.