English Heritage’s historic properties are flying specially designed St George’s flags featuring the surnames of almost every person in the country to cheer on the national team.
More than 32,000 names including Kane, Sterling, Pickford and Phillips feature in either red or white in locations including Dover Castle in Kent, Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Carlisle Castle in Cumbria.
The flag will also fly at Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s summer home and rural retreat on the Isle of Wight.
The charity, which manages more than 400 historic monuments, buildings and places, hopes to inspire the public ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday.
The surnames – from Aamir to Zyla – are arranged alphabetically and capture those with more than 100 occurrences in the country.
English Heritage is also launching a website featuring a digital flag which users can explore online, highlighting the histories of English surnames, from the Romans to Anglo-Saxons, Huguenots and Windrush generation.
It will show that Harry Kane’s family name is most common in Newcastle and means “warrior”, while Kieran Trippier’s means “to dance” and is most popular in Bolton.
Harry Maguire’s surname is found most in Liverpool and comes from the Irish language Mag Uidhir, which means “son of Odhar” or “son of the dun or pale coloured one”.
Manager Gareth Southgate’s surname is likely to have emerged from one of two places in Norfolk called Southgate, or from Southgate in Edmonton, according to English Heritage.
Matt Thompson, English Heritage’s Head Collections Curator, said:
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:
A number of English Heritage properties around the country will fly the flag bearing the surnames of England including: Dover Castle in Kent, Carlisle Castle in Cumbria, Osborne – Queen Victoria’s family home – on the Isle of Wight, and Stonehenge in Wiltshire.