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Named - The Website That Can Predict Where You Come From

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Published at 11:14am 3rd March 2016.

A new mapping tool gives you the chance to find out where your surname comes from.

The website 'Named' was created at University College London by a team of geographers and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. 

By simply typing in your surname you can see where in the country has the largest population of the same name.

The red areas of the heat map reveal which locations are the most populated by these surnames, whereas the lowest concentration is in yellow.

Leader of the project, Professor Paul Longley, said: "The website is a quirky start of our research project which is looking into whether our surnames are linked to our geographical locations – something which has been long perceived.

"It is known that many names remain surprisingly concentrated in specific parts of the UK, and this project helps us extend our understanding of name geography to combinations of names too when we enter relationships."

Not only can the map predict where your surname originates, it also claims it can also predict where a couple most likely met.

We put 'Named' to the test by entering Cornish surnames into the system.

The website did not disappoint - Pascoe, Jelbert, Angove and Hosking were all dominated by Cornwall.

However to our surprise - the Cornish name Penberthy didn't just have Cornwall as its hot spot but also shared it with other several locations such as Bristol.

Have you tried it yet? Take a look below at some of the Cornish names and the results:

pascoe

jelbert

hosking

penberthy

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