Have you ever wondered where your name comes from?

The origins of our names are fascinating. There's so much history and heritage in every one - they hold stories of family connections, distant countries, ancestry.

It's a fascinating subject, and online database Forebears sheds light on 11 million of the world's surnames. The genealogy portal uses state and church records going back centuries to geographically index which names are most common, and where.

The resource allows users to enter their given surname and find out where names have the highest density, placement around the world, and notable figures who share or shared it.

The service also tells you how many other people have a said surname, and the country in which it's most prevalent.

Try it out here...

indy100 has contacted Forebears for more information.

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