This page displays the outcome of a recent research project undertaken by the University College London (UCL) which has investigated the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic, in order to understand patterns of regional economic development, population movement and cultural identity.
Statistics about the surname RAMSDALE
Frequency 1881 1998 Change Frequency 717 903 +186 Rank Order 5065 5638 -573 Occurrences per million names 27 24 -3
International Comparisons Rate As % of GB rate in 1998 Great Britain Frequency (1998) 929 100 Great Britain Frequency (1881) 717 Great Britain Rate (1998) 24 Great Britain Rate (1881) 27 Northern Ireland 0.0 Republic of Ireland 0.0 Australia 23.22 100.6 New Zealand 11.82 51.2 United States 1.75 7.6 Canada 10.19 44.2
Geographical Spread Geographical Spread Statistics Great Britain top area (1881) Wigan Great Britain top area (1998) Wigan Great Britain top area index * 2109 Great Britain top postal town Wigan Number of UK gazetteer entries 1 County of gazetteer entry North Yorkshire Australia top state Tasmania Australia top state index * 399 Australia top standard statistical division Kangaroo Island, South Australia New Zealand top province Taranaki New Zealand top province index * 782 United States top state Kansas United States top state index * 703 Number of gazetteer entries in Africa or Asian none
Social Demographics Social Demographics Statistics Category of surname English - Locational Name; Settlement Ending; Dale Mosaic type with highest index # High Technologists Index of top Mosaic type * 200 % of people with a more rural name 3 % of people with a more high-status name 67 Cultural, ethnic, linguistic categories of surname English
* Meaning of an 'index': An 'index' shows whether the level of something is higher in one area than it is in another area. In this instance UCL is interested in whether the number of occurrences of a name per million population is higher in a particular area than it is elsewhere. Thus UCL compares the incidence of a name in the US state where it is most concentrated with the average level of concentration in the whole of the US; the incidence in Australia's top state with the Australian average; the incidence in New Zealand's top province with the New Zealand average; the incidence in GB's top postal area with the GB average.
# Calculation of an 'index': If a name has a rate per million population in an area which is identical to its rate in a base comparison area then UCL says it has an index of '100'. An index of '200' for the name Jenson in Ohio would mean that the name Jenson was twice as common, per million population, in Ohio as it was in the reference area, in this case the whole US. An index of '500' for Wong in Victoria would indicate that the name Wong was five times more common per 1,000,000 names in Victoria than in the whole of Australia. An index of '1000' for the name Penhaligon in New Zealand would mean it was ten times more common per 1,000.000 names in New Zealand than in Great Britain. By contrast an index of only '50' would indicate a name which was only half as common in a target area than in its reference area.