I'm doing some fun analyses in my free time at home. Has anyone seen a dataset that lists out surnames/family names and their place of origin? I haven't even found one that gets to a country-level for origins yet but I'd like to get as sub-regional as possible. I'd prefer a list that hits surnames commonly found in the United States but I'm open to anything - like I said, this is kinda for practice and fun.

Have a good day,


P.S. I've seen a couple of questions on here and other forums that ask about names but not necessarily the combination of surnames and their origin. If you've seen an answer elsewhere, I would love for this question to have already been asked and answered.

  • As most people started adopting surnames in the middle ages, perhaps you should look wider than the USA for surname origin. – nmtoken Jun 2 '17 at 20:36
  • For UK and Ireland you could look at global.oup.com/academic/product/… but it's not free – nmtoken Jun 2 '17 at 20:42
  • My scope will be most certainly greater than the US, I'm looking at the origins of surnames that are commonly in the US, so I'll certainly need UK and Irish and other European origins but the Indian subcontinent, SE Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia are more elusive and many names from these places are in the top surnames as listed by the Census. – user69686 Jun 5 '17 at 13:57

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