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Family Name Origins and Intergenerational Demographic Change in Great Britain

Kandt, J; Van Dijk, J; Longley, P; (2020) Family Name Origins and Intergenerational Demographic Change in Great Britain. Annals of the Association of American Geographers , 110 (6) pp. 1726-1742. 10.1080/24694452.2020.1717328. Green open access

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Abstract

We develop bespoke geospatial routines to typify 88,457 surnames by their likely ancestral geographic origins within Great Britain. Linking this taxonomy to both historic and contemporary population data sets, we characterize regional populations using surnames that indicate whether their bearers are likely to be long-settled. We extend this approach in a case study application, in which we summarize intergenerational change in local populations across Great Britain over a period of 120 years. We also analyze much shorter term demographic dynamics and chart likely recent migratory flows within the country. Our research demonstrates the value of family names in characterizing long-term population change at regional and local scales. We find evidence of selective migratory flows in both time periods alongside increasing demographic diversity and distinctiveness between regions in Great Britain.

Type: Article
Title: Family Name Origins and Intergenerational Demographic Change in Great Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1717328
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2020.1717328
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: surnames; family names; population change; Great Britain
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086221
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