- Baby Name Wizard.
The Baby Name Wizard is the result of years of research into
- Bailey, Rosalie Fellows. Dutch Systems in Family Naming,
New York-New Jersey. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical
Society, 1965, 1999.
Unpuzzling the Past Via Naming Patterns.
IIGS™ (International Internal Genealogical
Society) Newsletter - May/June 1999.
Colonial Naming Customs. By Myra Vanderpool Gormley.
Colonial Homes, February 1996, pg 24.
Common Nicknames in English.
English/Scots and German Naming Practices.
Family naming traditions
- Finding People - The
Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census
Geogen. Surname Mapping.
Glossary of Last Name Meanings and Origins
- Hanks, Patrick, editor.
Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford, England:
Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Jerin, Robert. "What's In a Surname? A Study of Croatian,
Bosnian, and Serbian Surnames." NGS NewsMagazine 33, 1
(January/February/March 2007): 24-27.
- Kerchner, Charles F. Jr.
Pennsylvania German Naming Customs
Men's Names and Nicknames. Common given names and their
- Moen, Margaret. "How to Use the Norwegian Naming System to
Your Advantage." Everton's Genealogical Helper 61, 1
(January/February 2007): 58-62.
- Namely Yours Name
NamesX - Technology for finding name variants.
NameTraq. This web site identifies surnames in the news. It
searches more than 1600 news sources and includes more than
25,000 surnames in the United States.
Naming Practices & Patterns for Countries & Cultures. An
understanding of naming patterns can be very helpful in tracing
ones ancestry, as families in many cultures followed the custom
of naming their children in a specific manner. Learn more about
common naming practices, for both surnames and given names, in
various countries and cultures around the world.
Nicknames and Naming Traditions.
- Rose, Christine. Nicknames Past and Present. 4th
edition rev. San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2002.
- Smith, Elsdon Coles. New Dictionary of American Family
Names. New York: Gramercy Publishing Co., 1988, 1973.
- Stewart, George R. American Given Names. New York:
Press, 1979. Provides an interesting historical sketch on the subject.
Surname Navigator - Genealogy International Family Search
Surname Origins & Meanings
Surname Suggestion List. Is intended to assist in searching
the web for information on surnames. This free download is a
program that suggests alternative spellings of surnames you are
researching -- and creates them three lists, Excellent, Close
and Long shot. After the lists are built, you can click on a
surname in the lists, and then click on the Google Search
button. A new window will be opened up and perform a genealogy
search on Google for the surname.
- U.S. Surname
- Urdang, Laurence, editor. Twentieth Century
American Nicknames. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1979.
- Webster, David W. "Surname Spelling Variations." NGS
Magazine 34,4 (October-December 2008): 32-34.
- Women's Names and Nicknames. Common given names and nicknames for women.