About This Site
Behind the Name
is a website for learning about all aspects of given names
. Its scope
is broad: all given names from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database
. Names from mythology and fiction are also eligible. There are currently 20041 names in the database, a fraction of what the scope entails. There's still much work to be done.
This site was created in 1996 by Mike Campbell. I wanted to put something on the web that was unique and, as far as I know, this was the first site that was quite like this when it was first created. I decided on this topic because etymology, linguistics and history have always deeply interested me. I hope you enjoy your visit here!
name of the day posts
occasional news updates
occasional infographic pins
About names and etymology
Instructions and help
Frequently asked questions about this site
about the names in the database
about what names are most searched and most bookmarked