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192.com pinpoints traditional 'Welsh' towns, measuring concentrations of popular Welsh names

28th of February, 2011

The UK's leading people finding website 192.com surveyed the ten most populated towns in Wales, measuring the proportion of Welsh surnames in each town.

The research celebrates St David's Day and demonstrates 192.com's ability to track even the most popular names for the purposes of reuniting friends and family.

Surveyed towns in Wales were: Port Talbot, Neath, Wrexham, Swansea, Cwmbran, Newport, Barry, Llanelli, Cardiff and Bridgend.

The names measured included: Evans, Williams, Jones, Thomas, Bevan, Davies, Davis, Griffiths, Hughes, Jenkins, Llewellyn, Owen, Powell, Price, Probert and Rees.

The winning town with 36% of these names was Llanelli, runner up was Neath, and least Welsh town was Cardiff.

Rankings

  • Llanelli: 36%
  • Neath 28%
  • Wrexham 26%
  • Port Talbot 25%
  • Swansea 23%
  • Bridgend 21%
  • Cwmbran 16%
  • Newport 13%
  • Barry 12.8%
  • Cardiff 12.5 %

The research also identified the 'most Welsh towns' in England, also measuring the proportion of classic Welsh surnames against the overall population.

The three most Welsh towns in England

  • Liverpool 5.62%
  • Bristol 4.86%
  • Birmingham 3.5%

To further celebrate the day of the Daffodil, 192.com also counted famous Welsh namesakes in Wales and England, revealed in the table below:

Name Wales England Result
Charlotte Church x4 x24 Diva's namesakes singing for England
Gavin Henson
France
3 7 Common in England, last seen in
Ryan Giggs 0 11 Football's not coming home
Laura Ashley 19 100 Merthyr's fashionista skirts the borders
David Lloyd George valleys 6 4 First Welsh PM still popular in the
Michael Sheen
England
10 65 The stage is Wales, the show is in
Christian Bale reigns 0 7 England can boast but Hollywood
Aneurin Bevan 7 0 NHS founder in the land of our Fathers

Alastair Crawford founder of 192.com said: "We're proud of our track record of re-uniting family and friends. We did this research to highlight how we can pinpoint any name, no matter how popular or rare. Finding family and friends with popular names can be difficult which is why 192.com can identify a family, such as a Tom living with a Margaret Jones, as well as their approximate ages."

192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for four million users every month. On 192.com, users can search almost 700 million records including free directory enquiries, electoral roll information, local business records, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports. 192.com have just launched i192, an app supplying free directory enquiries for iPhone users.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.