Over Half The Population Can't Name Any Of Their Great-Grandparents

A new survey commissioned by the National Trust reveals that over half of us (57%) can't name any of our great-grandparents. The survey also showed that a further 14% of the population can only name one great-grandparent. Findings were similar across all age groups, suggesting that young and old are equally unsure about their ancestry.

A new survey commissioned by the National Trust reveals that over half of us (57%) can't name any of our great-grandparents. The survey also showed that a further 14% of the population can only name one great-grandparent. Findings were similar across all age groups, suggesting that young and old are equally unsure about their ancestry.

The survey, carried out by Ipsos, was commissioned by the National Trust. Other findings in the survey reveal that two thirds of the population (66%) live within 100 miles of their birthplace, and eight in ten (81%) of us feel very rooted or fairly rooted to where we live.

Topline Results

  • Ipsos interviewed a nationally representative quota sample of 1,952 adults aged 15+ across the UK.
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 17-23 August 2007.
  • Data have been weighted to the known population profile of the GB and Northern Ireland population.
  • Percentages may not add up to 100% -- this is due to rounding, exclusion of not stated, or multiple response answers.
  • An asterisk represents percentages greater than 0 and less than 0.5

I would now like to ask you a few questions about your family history ...

Q1 First of all, how far away do you live from your birthplace?

  %
Less than 5 miles 26
Between 6 and 25 miles 23
Between 26 and 50 miles 9
Between 51 and 100 miles 8
Between 101 and 250 miles 13
Between 251 and 500 miles 7
More than 500 miles 13
Don't know 1

Q2 To what extent do you feel rooted in the place where you currently live?

  %
Very rooted 45
Fairly rooted 36
Only slightly rooted 10
Not at all rooted 8
Don't know 1

Q3 How many of your eight great grandparents can you name in full, by that I mean both their first names and their surnames?

  %
One 14
Two 13
Three 5
Four 6
Five 1
Six 1
Seven *
Eight 2
None 57

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