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Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of First Names

Created by Mike Campbell, a Canadian with a great interest in linguistics, this site is a cornucopia of information about the etymologies of first names. Containing information on over 11,000 first names, users can begin by entering their own first name into the search engine (which can be customized), and information will be returned about the origin of the name and other helpful details. From the site's home page, users can also click on a number of topical headings, such as Spanish Names or Biblical Names to see an entire list of names related to these cultures or themes. Also helpful are a series of short essays on the general origins of first names, names by usage, and elements of first names. Users can both post questions to the message boards provided on the site and view lists of the most popular names by year, going all the way back to the year 1900.
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