The Spread of the Jumps,

The beeb, have an interesting little story about a website run by UCL (University Collage London) , that shows the migration of surnames. When the site isn’t falling over with load you type in the surname, and you get pictures showing you the spread of the surname, in 1881, and again in 1998. So of course when you’re like me and your distancing yourself from your given name, you type in your current surname. Below are the 1881 locations for the Jumps and the 1998 locations, darker colours mean there where/are more of them.

JUMP in 1881

JUMP in 1998

What struck me, is the incredibly small area the name covers, this should in theory make family history easier.

3 thoughts on “The Spread of the Jumps,

  1. There seem to be a lot more Jumps than Gilberts – that can’t be right can it? Perhaps I’m just doing it wrong.
    Anyway, when did my Jumps e-mail service stop? I thought things had gone quiet.

  2. How do you work that out? I don’t think you can be doing it right.

    I get:
    Frequency                     1881    1998    Change
    Frequency                     514    671    +157
    Rank Order                    6488    7111    -623
    Occurrences per million names 19    18    -1

    Frequency                     1881    1998    Change
    Frequency                     16992    22284    +5292
    Rank Order                    226    231    -5
    Occurrences per million names 628    598    -30

    You’re positively common by comparison… 😉

  3. What’s fascinating to me, is that I would have said that Gilbert was a good Lancashire name (I’ve known several, all from Lancashire – not a fool-proof test, I know…) but the map would suggest a distinctly southern bias – especially Cornwall, and later Devon.

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