Surname Distribution Maps

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Sometimes, it is possible to guess where where an immigrant ancestor originated through surname distribution maps. These maps graphically demonstrate where surnames occurred at different periods in time. This strategy provides genealogists with a research starting point in the birth country, when that information cannot be discovered in American sources. It works particularly well for less-common surnames and among families that have stayed in the same locations for centuries.

Country Website
Argentina http://www.miparentela.com/mapas-ar/
Austria http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Belgium http://www.familienaam.be/
Canada http://www.dynastree.ca/
England http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
England http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
France http://www.geopatronyme.com/
France http://www.genealogie.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/
France http://www.familleunie.fr/cartes
Germany http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Germany http://www.verwandt.de/karten/
Ireland http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/
Italy http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html
Netherlands http://www.verwant.nl/kaarten
Poland http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/
Spain https://idapadron.ine.es/fapel/FAPEL.INICIO
Spain http://www.miparentela.com/mapas
Switzerland http://www.verwandt.ch/karten/  
United Kingdom http://www.dynastree.co.uk/maps
United States http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
United States http://www.hamrick.com/names/
United States http://www.dynastree.com/maps
Wales http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
Wales http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/