Top surnames from the 1881 census in Westray, Orkney

Westray is an 1881 census registration district in the county of Orkney

Registration districts were originally created for the registration of births, marriages and deaths, rather than specifically for the census. In many cases, registration districts were broadly equivalent to parishes, but not necessarily so.

Top surnames by total occurrences


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Surname Total Frequency Index
WILSON120.000043.48
CHALMERS120.0000833.33
STOUTT120.0000
SCOTT120.000078.74

Top surnames by population index

Surname Index Total Frequency
CHALMERS0.015833.3333
SCOTT0.01578.7402
WILSON0.01543.4783
STOUTT0.015

The Total column shows the total number of people in that county or town with this surname. For example, there were 5 people called CHALMERS in Westray at the time of the 1881 census.

The Frequency column shows the percentage of people in this county or town with this surname. For example, a frequency of 833.3333 in Westray means that 833.3333% of the people in Westray on census day were called CHALMERS.

The Index column shows the relative probability of finding someone called CHALMERS in this county or town, compared with the probability of finding them anywhere in Britain as a whole. An index of 1 means that if you pick someone at random from this county or town, you have exactly the same probability of picking someone called CHALMERS as if you picked at random from the whole of the UK. Where the index is higher than 1, then you are more likely to find someone called CHALMERS here than if you picked from the UK as a whole, and where it's lower then you are less likely. The actual figure shows the level of probability - for example, a figure of 2 would indicate that you are twice as likely to find someone called CHALMERS here than in the UK as a whole, and 10 would make it ten times as likely. The value of 0.01 in Westray means that you are 0.01 times as likely to find someone with the surname of CHALMERS in Westray than you would be in the whole of the UK.

All the surnames recorded in Westray in 1881

(including typos, unknowns and the ones we don't have any data for!)

CHALMERS (1)  SCOTT (1)  STOUTT (1)  WILSON (1)  YOURSTON (1)