One of the major difficulties I have with most genealogy sites, including WikiTree, is that they usually assume that everyone searching for “Ireland” is looking for their Irish roots – rather than trying to connect with people carrying the Ireland surname. This is no doubt equally true for people with surnames Irish, or England, or many others.
According to website http://howmanyofme.com/search/, there are more than 17,000 living Americans with surname Ireland. There are many thousands more living in Canada, the UK, and elsewhere around the world. WikiTree currently reports there are 3,106 individuals with Ireland surname in the tree.
Similarly, there are about 36,000 Americans with surname England.
Is there any way for us to easily collaborate with researchers of our surname, rather than researchers of the country?
UPDATE 1: thanks for the initial answers, but perhaps my question wasn't clear. In WikiTree, it's very simple for me to search for discussions about the Lewis or Davis or Jones surnames. It is completely impossible to find questions or discussions about the Ireland (or England) surname - because any search turns up tens of thousands of questions about the country rather than the surname.
UPDATE 2: Darren Kellett in a comment stated the problems of trying to parse existing items from one tag into two. I agree that that's not practical. However, I'd be content with a solution going forward. Perhaps the Techs could rename the existing tag to Ireland_country, and then add a new tag Ireland_surname - without attempting to change the old content. Similarly French could be changed to French_topic and a new tag could be French_surname. We could also have Irish changed to Irish_topic and then add Irish_surname; and rename England to England_country and add England_surname (or something similar).