Locate My Name is a web site that promises to help you find distribution of names across countries and regions. The site mainly focuses on surnames, because more people with the same surname in a place, means something: either those people are in the region since long ago and the name originates from there or nearby, or members of the same family for some reason relocated there. The Locate My Name website is mainly used for finding origins of names, curiosity, entertainment and genealogy research.
The following countries are available today: Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
The searches are quick and easy. A search for my own surname displays the following results:
- CA = 1392
- NY = 873
- MI = 866
- FL = 774
- WA = 670
- TX = 652
- MN = 531
- MA = 517
- IL = 447
- PA = 360
I had no idea the name was so popular in California!
I also found it interesting that the Locate My Name site also lists web sites that have the surname in the URL, such as: http://bankofeastman.com.
You can find this and more at the Locate My Name web site at: http://www.locatemyname.com.