03 Tuesday 03rd November 2015
Got some time to kill? Then you need to head to a website called Forebears, which is dedicated to figuring which country your surname appears in the most. The answer is provided in the form of a heatmap, along with links to church and newspaper records where the name appears. For example, my name is Blocker, which appears most frequently in the United States:
This makes sense because my Dad's side of the family hails from California. However, I've always been told that Blocker is a Dutch name, so it's a little surprising to not encounter the Netherlands until #13. But legend is the clerk at Ellis Island changed my great-great-grandfather's name from 'Blokker' to 'Blocker' after he got off the boat, and sure enough, Holland dominates the charts when 'Blokker' is searched. Fun!
I'm sure you're all incredibly bored of my familial history by now, so go have a play on Forebears yourself. And be happy you don't share a name this funny guy:
Thanks to MOTHERBOARD for the find.
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