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SURNAME DISTRIBUTION

The distribution of a surname over time is one tool for indicating origin and migration of people with that surname.  The maps below from Hamrick Software show the distribution of the Graves and Greaves surnames in the U.S. from 1850 to 1990.  Following that are maps for the U.K. (from the Surnames Profiler database), comparing geographic distribution in 1881 and 1998.  After that are distribution and frequency summaries for 7 variation of the surname from Public Profiler/worldnames that include some additional geographic areas. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

GRAVES SURNAME

 

 

GREAVES SURNAME

 

The following maps of the United Kingdom show the distribution and frequency of surnames in 1881 (from the census) and 1998 (from a nationwide credit database. This information is available from the Surnames Profiler database developed with a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council in Great Britain, and can be seen at http://www.spatial-literacy.org/uclnames. The maps show the 120 postal areas in Great Britain, from lowest (colored white) to highest (colored purple)) concentration of the surname (frequency per million names). The scale for surname frequency is shown first.

GRAVE SURNAME, 1881                                       GRAVE SURNAME, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAVES SURNAME, 1881                                GRAVES SURNAME, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAVES SURNAME, 1881                               GREAVES SURNAME, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRIEVE SURNAME, 1881                                       GRIEVE SURNAME, 1998

 

GRIEVES SURNAME, 1881                                GRIEVES SURNAME, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEVES SURNAME, 1881                            GREEVES SURNAME, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURNAME FREQUENCIES FOR GREAT BRITAIN (from same study as preceding maps)

GRAVE

1881

1998

Change

Frequency

429

215

-214

Rank Order

7622

16066

-8444

Occurrences per Million Names

16

6

-10

GRAVES

 

 

 

Frequency

4533

5975

+1442

Rank Order

992

1031

-39

Occurrences per Million Names

168

160

-8

GREAVES

 

 

 

Frequency

8782

10400

+1618

Rank Order

470

555

-85

Occurrences per Million Names

325

279

-46

GRIEVE

 

 

 

Frequency

3533

4037

+504

Rank Order

1232

1513

-281

Occurrences per Million Names

131

108

-23

GRIEVES

 

 

 

Frequency

746

1077

+331

Rank Order

4687

4893

-206

Occurrences per Million Names

28

29

+1

GREEVES

 

 

 

Frequency

328

437

+109

Rank Order

9002

9802

-800

Occurrences per Million Names

12

12

+0

 

WORLDWIDE SURNAME DISTRIBUTION AND FREQUENCIES (from Public Profiler/worldnames at www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames)

The Public Profiler website includes maps and additional information. Only summaries of the most pertinent data are included here, listing the countries, regions, and cities with the highest frequency of each surname. Differences in frequencies for the U.K. between this compilation and the preceding one may be because of differences in the geographical areas included or differences in the populations sampled.

(The abbreviation of fpm in the following table stands for frequency per million.)

GRAVES    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
U.S., 325.61 TN, 855.54 Memphis, TN
  MS, 851.51  
  AR, 787.19  
U.K.   Doncaster, Yorks & Humberside
    Liverpool
    Lincoln
    Nottingham
Australia, 89.18    
Canada, 84.58    
New Zealand, 81.47 Calverton Dist., NZ, 995.36  
  Gore Dist., NZ, 922.98  

Top forenames for Graves: John, Robert, James, David, William

GREAVES    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
U.K., 246.17 Yorkshire & Humberside, 662 Sheffield, Y & H
    Birmingham, W. Midlands
    Leeds, Y & H
    Nottingham, E. Midlands
    Manchester, Northwest
Australia, 167.76    
New Zealand, 137.2 Gisborne Dist., 1165  
  Wairoa Dist., 662  
  Kaipara Dist., 595  
  Central Hawke's Bay Dist., 588  
Ireland, 20.57    
U.S., 18.14    

Top forenames for Greaves: John, David, Michael, Margaret, Andrew

GRIEVE    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
Australia, 134.23    
New Zealand, 131.21 Ashburton Dist., 1166  
  Waimate Dist., 685  
  Invercargill City, 615  
  Southland Dist., 574  
U.K., 98.95 Scotland, 619.36 Edinburgh, Scotland
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Canada, 42.18    
Ireland, 10.97    

Top forenames for Grieve: David, Margaret, William, Robert, Andrew

GRAVE    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
Netherlands, 38.42 Groningen, 411.37  
Norway, 36.48 Telemark, 628.21 Oslo
France, 35.8 Nord-Pas-De-Calais, 226 Le Havre, Haute-Normandie
Germany, 20.76   Berlin
Denmark, 20.49    
New Zealand Waitaki Dist., 364  
  Dunedin City, 308  
U.K.   Carlisle, North
    Keswick, North

Top forenames for Grave: Robert, Paul, Michel, John, Michael

GRIEVES    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
U.K., 24.62 North, 226.92 Newcastle upon Tyne
    Sunderland
    Middlesbrough
    South Shields
    Birmingham
Australia, 21.49 Western Australia, 115.49 Oslo
    Western Australia, 39.35
Canada, 8.02 Manitoba, 61.46  
U.S., 3.84   Keswick, North
Ireland, 2.4 Donegal, 46.05  

Top forenames for Grieves: John, James, David, Robert, Alan

GREEVES    
Countries, fpm Regions, fpm Cities, fpm
U.K., 11.8 East Anglia, 73.17 Peterborough, East Anglia
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Norwich, East Anglia
    King's Lynn, East Anglia
    Peterborough, East Midlands
Ireland, 3.43    
New Zealand, 2.47 Dunedin City, 33.02  
  Manukau City, 17.26  
U.S., 1.07 DC, 15.68  
Canada, 0.23    

Top forenames for Greeves: John, Paul, Margaret, David, Thomas

Revised 28 Feb. 2009