Mar 30, 2020 7:00 AM
| Last Modified: Apr 2, 2020 2:09 AM
My paternal grandmother's mother's (my great grandmother) maiden name was Metcalf. This is still a very common family name in England, particularly in North Yorkshire. The name "Metcalfe" in all its variations of spelling is said to be derived from Middleton Calf Top, a hill near Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. It has been traced back to William Medecalf de Dent who was the occupier of Middleton Calf Top in the 12th century. I love that we can trace back part of our family to such a specific time and location. And a very beautiful place as well.
Middleton Calf Top near Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the origin of the family name, Metcalf.
I got all this from The Metcalfe Society. On their website I also found data on the location of places around the world that use the name Metcalf. I imported to JMP using File > Internet Open and pasting the web page URL. So I thought it would be fun to visualise this in JMP Public to get a sense of how these Yorkshire people have spread around the world. You can also download the dataset and see some of the work that I did to prepare the data -- you will need to register to log in for that. You can hover on points for the place name and also images for points marked with *.
I recommend a laptop or larger screen for this visual.
Here and here are some suitable for smartphones screens: