National Trust Names

Do you know where your surname comes from, or how many people you share it with?

The National Trust Names website presents the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic. It allows users to search the databases that they have created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names.

The names database contains information on the size and geographical distribution of 25,630 family names. To qualify for inclusion in this list there must have been at least one hundred entries under that family name in the Great Britain electoral register for 1996. A key feature of the database is that every family name has been given a detailed classification code explaining what type of name it is.



  1. lorraine said,

    August 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    You seem to be having a problem with your name origin site……shame it used to be really interesting and useful… I detect ads now??

  2. Nigel said,

    January 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    The web link takes me to 123.reg

  3. Christopher S Davis said,

    April 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This site is next to useless; itwas good when UCL ran it, and initially it was equally good when the National Trust took it on, but no more. Christopher Davis, National Trust member.

  4. Rob Bainborough said,

    July 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hi, as you can see my surname is Bainborough. Its not a common name. Please could you help me find out something of its history?

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