The **Total** column shows the total number of people in that county or town with this surname.
For example, there were 47 people called MERRIMAN in Newton North 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 2941.1765 in Newton North means that
2941.1765% of the people in Newton North on census day were called MERRIMAN.

The **Index** column shows the relative probability of finding someone called MERRIMAN
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 MERRIMAN 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 MERRIMAN 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 MERRIMAN here than in the UK as a whole, and 10 would make it ten times as likely.
The value of 0.05 in Newton North means that you are 0.05 times as likely to find
someone with the surname of MERRIMAN in Newton North than you would be in the whole of the UK.