As an addendum to this week’s post What’s In a Name?, I revised my Surname Report in Family Tree Maker™. This report shows that our family’s tree (including my spouse’s family) has 10,772 persons in it. Of those persons (living and dead), 52 percent of them are male; making my database’s percentage of males three percentage points higher than the gender ratio in the 2010 U.S.Census of Population and Housing. And, those 10,772 persons are related within the 2,170 surnames.
Largest Family Based On Surname
The largest number of families within the surname report originated within my maternal grandmother’s family. The majority of this family branch spelled their name as “Lathrop.” Although, there were two other variations of this surname spelling (“Lothrop” and “Lathrope”) presented among the various data collections included in our tree of facts. There were, in fact, 478 Lathrop families; 53 percent of these family members were male. The Lathrop family name spans the years: 1450-1929 in our family’s history.
Similarly, the “Bowling” name, or the other 12 versions of its spelling dated from as early as 890 AD in France, where the family was known as the DeBoulogne’s. Our most recent family members who spelled their name “de Boulogne” date back to 1863. This spelling spanned the years 891 AD – 1863: 972 years–just shy of a century! The other spelling variations included among our tree of facts: Baroling, Billung, Bolding, Boling, Boleine, Bollyng, Boulding, Bouldinge; Boulogne, Bowlding, Deboulogne, and De Bolling.
Earliest and Newest People
The earliest entries of people in this report date back to 8 A.D. to Charlemagne (my 43rd great-grandfather) and his son Louis the Pious of France (my 43rd great-uncle). The newest member of our family, Alaina Hazel, part of the Dickinson clan, blessed us with her appearance in April 2014–our third great-grandchild.
Getting Past the Mere Numbers
Getting past the discussion of mere numbers, my somewhat random method for subject posts suddenly gets very logical. That is, my nearly 200 posts to date have focused on surnames that appear within the Top 50 Family Surnames in my word cloud, above. [To create the word cloud I used wordle.net (advanced) with some simple word ratios (exported from my Family Tree Surname report into Excel).]
Based on my DNA testing, a map of today shown below displays the countries from which my families migrated: Great Britain, Ireland, Europe West, and West Asia.
However, if we look back at a map of nearly 1,000 years ago to where many of my ancestors were before they migrated, we find ourselves near the end of the High Middle Ages (967 – 1050). The world was divided into Kingdoms, Territories, Empires, and Dominions, crusades abounded, and the Catholic Church in Europe was expanding its power base. Here’s where the real stories first began.
For a detailed timeline that includes European history with interactive maps, I encourage you to visit worldology.com