Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Blanton Surname Distribution

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun asks participants to determine the distribution of their surname using the World Names Public Profiler.
I searched my Blanton surname and received the following results.
The United States had the largest concentration worldwide of the Blanton surname with 94.7 persons per million. Canada was second with 0.92 persons per million, then the United Kingdom with 0.9 persons per million and Germany with 0.11 persons per million.
In the United States, the three states with the highest concentration of Blantons were Kentucky with 520 persons per million, South Carolina with 518 persons per million and North Carolina with 415 persons per million.

Next, I looked at the distribution of Blantons in Texas. This was surprising. The highest concentration was in Clay County. One of David Blanton's sons, Charles Wesley Blanton, lived in nearby Wilbarger County, but his children moved to other counties. The second highest concentration was in Rusk County. These are possibly ancestors of a branch of Blantons from North Carolina who settled in Rusk County in the 1800's.

Thanks, Randy, for the interesting assignment.

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