Biddlecombe Statistics

An instant UK telephone directory survey

Up-to-date accurate phone directory information for the UK costs serious money, or requires going to a library. Until we get access to that information, here are the results of a quick scan of a list on the WWW, available at The vast majority (177 out of 181) of the entries found (in October 1998) were for Biddlecombe. We've added a few other people not on this listing.

We counted the number of entries in the directory for each lettered postal district. Here are the results in alphabetical order of the town after which the district is named. Those not familiar with UK postcodes should be aware that these districts may extend far outside the named town, especially in rural areas.

The map spreads the dots (1 per hit) around the towns, but there is no guarantee that every dot is in the correct postal district. It's also very likely that the dots should be more closely packed around towns like Southampton and Portsmouth.

The concentration of the surname in the S and SW of England is very obvious. The lack of hits very close to Bittescombe is not too surprising - it's a rural area. The biggest concentrations of the name are in the kind of large towns to which people might have moved as Britain became an urban and industrial nation, rather than a rural and agricultural one.

TownPostal CodeNumber found
Bath BA 8 UK Map Showing distribution of Biddlecombe & related names
Bolton BL 2
Bournemouth BH 4
Bristol BS 7
Bromley BR 1
Brighton BN 4
Cardiff CF 5
Chelmsford CM 1
Colchester CO 1
Coventry CV 4
Croydon CR 1
Dartford DA 4
Derby DE 4
Dorchester DT 7
Dudley DY 2
Durham DH 2
Enfield EN 1
Exeter EX 3
Gloucester GL 8
Guildford GU 4
Hemel Hempstead HP 1
Hereford HR 1
Huddersfield HD 1
Ipswich IP 1
Kingston KT 1
Liverpool L 4
London (NW) NW 2
London (SW) SW 2
London (W) W 1
Luton LU 2
Milton keynes MK 2
Newcastle upon Tyne NE 3
Newport (Gwent) NP 3
Norwich NR 1
Oxford OX 2
Paisley PA 1
Peterborough PE 2
Plymouth PL 1
Portsmouth PO 16
Preston PR 3
Reading RG 2
Redhill RH 4
Romford RM 1
Royal Tunbridge Wells TN 1
St Albans AL 1
Salisbury SP 3
Slough SL 2
Southampton SO 40
Stevenage SG 1
Taunton TA 2
Truro TR 1
Twickenham TW 3
Warrington WA 1
Wolverhampton WV 1
Worcester WR 1

Some statistics on the frequency of the Biddlecombe surnames

Out of idle curiosity, I searched the web for names similar to Biddlecombe, with the following results. Names which were not found at all are not listed.

SurnameAverage no. of hits I chose five search sites (AltaVista, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos, Yahoo) and just searched for each surname in turn, using the default options. For each engine, the number of hits for 'Biddlecombe' was normalised to 100, and other results multiplied by the same number. The results shown are averages of these adjusted numbers of hits.

If that explanation didn't help, the results mean, for instance, that I found about 4 times as many hits for Biddlecombe as I did for Biddlecom.


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