The Total column shows the total number of people in that county or town with this surname.
For example, there were 9,251 people called DOOTSON in Westhoughton 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 839.5802 in Westhoughton means that
839.5802% of the people in Westhoughton on census day were called DOOTSON.
The Index column shows the relative probability of finding someone called DOOTSON
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 DOOTSON 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 DOOTSON 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 DOOTSON here than in the UK as a whole, and 10 would make it ten times as likely.
The value of 9.25 in Westhoughton means that you are 9.25 times as likely to find
someone with the surname of DOOTSON in Westhoughton than you would be in the whole of the UK.