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Where I'm Clicking Now: Find Your Last Name in the World!

Where I'm Clicking Now: Find Your Last Name in the World!

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? If you search for her using the World Names Profiler map, apparently "Sandiego" is mostly found in France. I saved this little gem for the weekend because you'll want lots of time to play with it. Just plug in your last name and see where most of your kinfolk live, instantly.

This map is for "Smith," which isn't as worldwide as the Witness Protection Program might like you to think. . . I've heard, anyway. Now go search for your own name, it's fun and easy! Where is your family tree planted?

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vrosapastel89 vrosapastel89 8 years
THiS iS PRTY COOL BUT NO MX? -THATS WEiRD ARGENTINA 970.63 SPAIN 811.41 SWITZERLAND 49.2 UNITED STATES 25.18 AUSTRALIA 16.31 FRANCE 15.88 LUXEMBOURG 8.5 UNITED KINGDOM 4.12 NORWAY 3.68 CANADA 3.44
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well it's as i thought - highest in Germany, decent in the US, but surprisingly there was a nice population of my family's name in the UK and in Italy and Argentina. go figure on that one since i didn't think that there was anyone of our family's relation in those places
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Very weird!
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
As many other users have already noted, the map is not displaying countries other than US, Canada, all of Western Europe, Australia and Argentina... weird, huh?
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Very cool find! My maiden name is found mostly in the UK and New Zealand and my married name in the UK and Australia. Cool! Funny, my mother's maiden name and my main heritage doesn't even resonate on the map at all. Sheesh!
ohkate ohkate 8 years
my maiden name is prominently found in England, big surprise since the name originates from there and is also a town in both England as well as Germany my married name is prominently found in southern Germany. hooray stuttgart!
verily verily 8 years
UNITED STATES21.06CANADA2.29UNITED KINGDOM0.44GERMANY0.04Not surprising. My father's ancestors were early English colonists and for some reason the spelling changed very slightly. Swap a vowel and it's way more common in Australia.Mother's maiden name:IRELAND2267.25AUSTRALIA436.35NEW ZEALAND345.48UNITED KINGDOM277.53CANADA147.39Verrrrry Irish.
verily verily 8 years
UNITED STATES 21.06 CANADA 2.29 UNITED KINGDOM 0.44 GERMANY 0.04 Not surprising. My father's ancestors were early English colonists and for some reason the spelling changed very slightly. Swap a vowel and it's way more common in Australia. Mother's maiden name: IRELAND 2267.25 AUSTRALIA 436.35 NEW ZEALAND 345.48 UNITED KINGDOM 277.53 CANADA 147.39 Verrrrry Irish.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think they only have data for the countries that are in gray when you first look at the map; that could explain why some people are having difficulty. It was completely accurate for my last name: Hungary: 10,767.83 Austria: 181.35 Canada: 132.49 Australia: 112.10 Sweden: 59.41 Swizterland: 42.17 Germany: 36.23 U.S.: 28.17 Slovenia: 23.20 Belgium: 15.48 I always knew my last name was very Hungarian!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Hein GERMANY 394.34 DENMARK 165.54 CANADA 146.24 AUSTRIA 91.27 UNITED STATES 60.82 Siri ARGENTINA 67.89 ITALY 51.36 NORWAY 30.82 FRANCE 16.57 INDIA 8.07
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
most of the people with my last name were found in the U.S. i was hoping it'd be a different country. sucks how it couldn't find my mom's last name. i wish finding out about your ancestry wasn't so expensive.
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Well i am African, and my surname showed up in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe but not Africa. I am Nigerian, family still lives there. So i guess they dont have data yet for alot of African or Asian countries
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
Mine was mostly from the United States..and Pennsylvania. I live in PA too, go figure :P
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I doubt you get any data from Africa unless your family came from there in the last 50 years and you can easily trace your roots. If your family was the descendants of slaves then that will be a little bit harder if you can't find data of sales and tracing backwards. Most slaves took their owners name or the names given to them.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think quite a few countries don't have any data for them.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Mine was as expected, but they can't find my (very Finnish and very Finnish-named) boyfriend anywhere. We tried his mom's maiden name and we got Sweden and Austria, though her name is also definitely Finnish! My Russian friend showed up in America and not Russia at all....in fact it had zero Russians. Uh..kay. Think they need to flesh it out a bit more :P
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 8 years
That was interesting. Both my maiden and married last names came up with the expected Spain, the US and Argentina (although I wonder why no other Latin American country showed up). The surprise countries were Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Australia for my Spanish surnames.
ally14 ally14 8 years
I didn't get anything for my surname so I tried my mother's maiden name and I got NEW ZEALAND4.29CANADA2.06UNITED STATES1.78SWEDEN1.26ARGENTINA1.17Interesting since I only have relatives in US and Canada!
ally14 ally14 8 years
I didn't get anything for my surname so I tried my mother's maiden name and I got NEW ZEALAND 4.29 CANADA 2.06 UNITED STATES 1.78 SWEDEN 1.26 ARGENTINA 1.17 Interesting since I only have relatives in US and Canada!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
(mother's last name)ARGENTINASPAINUNITED STATESPOLANDCANADA(father's last name)CANADAARGENTINAITALYFRANCEUNITED STATES- thanks for posting Citizen.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
(mother's last name) ARGENTINA SPAIN UNITED STATES POLAND CANADA (father's last name) CANADA ARGENTINA ITALY FRANCE UNITED STATES - thanks for posting Citizen.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I looked my last name up ... and it showed everywhere but Bangladesh ... which is where my family is from.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
UNITED STATESNORWAYCANADAUNITED KINGDOMNEW ZEALAND
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
UNITED STATES NORWAY CANADA UNITED KINGDOM NEW ZEALAND
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
England And Ireland for married name, Austria and Norway for maiden name. Thanks for posting this. It was fun. I played around with it for awhile!
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