I've been having fun playing with the surname mapping function on the German-based website Dynastree. The website generates distribution maps based on telephone directory entries for the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Poland and Argentina. The total number of phone book entries in each country is given along with an estimate of the total number of people with that name living in each country. I initially had trouble using the website with the Google Chrome browser, but eventually managed to get it to work by loading it in Internet Explorer and enabling pop-ups for the site.
The following are the statistics generated for the surnames Crews, Cruise, Cruse and Cruwys. If you click on the surname you will be taken to the relevant distribution map.
- In the UK there are 124 phone book entries with the surname Crews and approximately 540 persons with this name.
- In the UK there are 167 phone book entries with the surname Cruise and approximately 727 persons with this name.
- In the UK there are 350 phone book entries with the surname Cruse and approximately 1,524 persons with this name.
- In the UK there are 25 phone book entries with the surname Cruwys and approximately 108 persons with this name.
It was announced back in February that OSN, the parent company of Dynastree, had been bought by My Heritage.com and that the two sites would be merged. It would appear that in due course the surname mapping function will be migrated to the MyHeritage website.