– Follow Friday – Follow Friday is a post about a website that provides insight into the first names in your family tree.

It offers a very flexible search interface for a database that ranks the popularity of given names for the past 100+ years. A host of countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Norway, Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, and Spain are included. It is important to note that this is a crowd-sourced site, i.e., users contribute the content and the accuracy depends on the resources of the person who submitted the information – just like an online tree.

This site is a lot of fun – even if your tree is littered with dozens of George and Mary and Anna and Lars given names like mine is.

Other sites that help with surnames:

Last Names Meanings Dictionary
Czech Surnames
American Name Society

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

One Comment

  1. TCasteel 29 October 2010 at 9:07 AM - Reply

    I love finding original soarces and meanings of names. I finding it very interesting.

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