09 July 2021
More than 32,000 surnames have been brought together on a unique surname flag created by English Heritage to cheer on England in the Euro 2021 final.
Kane, Sterling, Pickford and Phillips are just four of the surnames on the flag, and members of the public are invited to explore the history and meaning of their surname... and for those whose surname is particularly rare, add to the record by submitting it for inclusion.
The charity designed the flag to feature the surname of almost everyone living in England today – either in the red or white of the St George Cross – and is flying the flag at its castles and palaces around the country as a nation unites under one hope: football’s coming home.
The English Heritage sites flying the flag include Dover Castle, Stonehenge and Carlisle Castle.
The surnames on English Heritage’s England flag – from Aamir to Zyla, arranged alphabetically – capture more than 32,000 family names in England, all those with over 100 occurrences in the country, and provide a snapshot of England and its people today and a window into their stories, whether long forgotten or held dear in living memory.
Find or add your surname to the flag here.
England's future story
Professor John Denham, Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Southampton and who originally suggested the idea to English Heritage, said: “At a time when the telling of history can spark controversy, this flag symbolises an essential truth: England and its people have been shaped by our shared histories and England’s future story on and off the pitch will be told by all the people who are making their lives here today.”
To view the digital flag of England, visit English Heritage.
Report and image courtesy of English Heritage.