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About the study
History of the name
Public Profiler website states the current UK Frequency as 105.12 per million and Rank Order as 1410. Globally the USA has the highest Frequency of 179.6.
British Surnames website states it as 97 per million and Rank Order as 1608.
The total number of living persons with the surname in 1881 in UK was 3099 and in 1998 3782.
There are numerous alternative methods of calculating Frequency and Rank Order and these will be explored during initial stages of the study.
Distribution of the name
Public Profiler records this as high in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Within the UK it is high in Northern Ireland and moderately high in Scotland, South-West and North-East England.
British Surnames states Kinross-shire has the highest index of 43.18 of all UK counties. Northumberland's index is 2.56. However, numbers are small and not necessarily meaningful.