Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – How Many Surnames In Your Family Tree Database?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2)  Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3)  Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!  Or 10!!  Or 20!!!

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.
I use Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding to display my family tree on my website, so I went in to the Statistics page.


I have 1,788 unique surnames.

I then went to the Surnames page, and my most common surname is Docwra with 737 individuals.  The next most common surnames were Meiklejohn, 358, and Whimpey 305.


I use Legacy Family Tree to work on my family tree on my computer. The statistics for my family tree are found under Tools > Statistics.  I then scrolled down until I got to the Surname Statistics section.

Legacy surname statistics

Since I have privatised some of the names in my online tree, the statistics are slightly different to my online tree.  Here I have 1829 unique surnames, but I have the same figures for my 3 most popular surnames.

The Family File Statistics also breaks down the most popular surnames by time periods.  It also has a section for given names

common given names

I also have RootsMagic 7, so I was able to find the most common surnames using the Surname Statistics Report, but I also couldn’t find a way to find statistics for given names in RootsMagic.

RootsMagic surname