What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other word would smell as sweet. From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2).
Geographical distribution of names may indicate spreading of gene variants – a fact that has been ignored so far in genetic research. If you are interested in European names, here are some interesting links. It is now even possible to draw your name on a map – on the fly. Yea, yea.
Here is map of my name (yes, a couple of errors, but the locations are close to what I have found in our 70 year old family register).
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