Surname Research

  • Guild of One-Name Studies
    The Guild of One-Name Studies is the biggest organisation for surname research. There are thousands of surname studies available and the guild aims to bring together researchers who are interested in researching the same name names.
  • The Surname Society
    he Surname Society provides an online resource for members to publish details of their surname studies to the online world. No restriction is placed upon members either in regard to the number of surnames listed or the number of members researching a particular surname.Collaboration is actively facilitated and encouraged as the core ethos of the society. Many members will start their surname study alone but, during their membership, will find others to partner with to augment the investigations into the name. These associates may be using diverse research methods to achieve the study aims.
  • Internet Surname Database
    The Internet Surname Database contains nearly 50,000 surnames from around the world. What does your last name mean?
  • British Surnames
    Find information about British surnames, their meaning, and how common they are. Thousands of surnames are listed.
  • How Common Is Your Surname?
    The how common (or rare) is your surname site uses the ONS (Office of National Statistics) database to bring you a ranking system of surnames for England and Wales. There are over a million surnames shared by 55.9 million people.
    If fewer than 5 people share the name, it’s not included in the database.
    My surname is ranked 6000+ with just over 1,100 people sharing the same last name.