Last updated on November 20th, 2015
Public Profiler, https://www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames1/, the on-line surname popularity and derivation checker, is working now – either people have given up, or all the initial applicants have been satisfied.(see previous posting here.)
So me, as a sheep, have finally been able to take a munch of the greenery within.
The initial set-up seems to be working okay although there are lots of planned features that aren’t implemented yet.
As expected, my surname is high in the UK ->720 frequency per million (FPM).
The drill-down feature works quite well, clicking ON the map. Here, I clicked on the UK to produce this next view on the right, which is Europe, called “Europe”. Nearly what I wanted I suppose.
Now, clicking on the UK produces the next picture on the left, called “Regions”. Well I can see the logic! It should be a bit clearer but intuitively, the drill-down is working so far.
Now let’s see if I can see inside Wales…
Yes I can! What’s happened is that it’s the same map with the administrative boundaries shown and variably coloured. This level of drill-down is called “Localities”…
What’s missing overall, is a figure for the popularity along with the political administrative name for the area and also some actual values set against the colours in the key. All there is, is “Low” to “High”.
At the bottom are a few statistics. I’m “Celtic”-ally grouped for my name (as is the other half of my parenting). I’m really popular in the UK and more so in Wales on the drill-down.
The most worrying one for me, is that bunch on the “Top Regions”…. It shows that UTAH in the USA, has a higher frequency of Rees than the North of England – where I’m from! This means that statistically, because 58% of UTAH is Mormon, there are a lot of Mormon Reeses. What this means, I don’t know, apart from Reeses being a lot of shag-bunnies that is.
On the other hand, you can choose your friends but not your relatives – and Wales is still showing 0.8% (8092.14 FPM), of it’s population as Rees so they haven’t all fucked off there yet.
Chucking in the alternative spellings of my name:
- Rhys (the original name from which all derived)- (popular in UK, Canada, New Zealand)(only really popular in mountainous regions of Wales – the heartland, land of my fathers)
- Reese (popular in USA, Germany!, New Zealand)
- Reece (popular in New Zealand, USA & UK)