Search Names

Select any number of search criteria, enter your preferences for each, then press the Search button to begin.

 
 
 
 
  • the meaning is anything from the name's write-up that is surrounded by "double quotes"
  • separate search terms with spaces
  • search for an exact phrase by surrounding it with double quotes
  • this field understands simple boolean logic
    • force a term to be included by preceding it with a + sign
    • force a term to be excluded by preceding it with a - sign
  • expand search to ancestral names: meanings for names further up the family tree will be included in the search
 
  • the description is the meaning and history write-up for the name
  • separate search terms with spaces
  • search for an exact phrase by surrounding it with double quotes
    • example: "lord of the rings" will match names from the novel 'The Lord of the Rings'
  • this field understands simple boolean logic
    • force a term to be included by preceding it with a + sign
    • force a term to be excluded by preceding it with a - sign
    • example: +greek +(legend myth) -zeus will match Greek names of myths or legends not about Zeus
  • ignore name meanings: keywords from the name meanings are ignored
 
 
 
 
  • syllables can only be counted in names that have been assigned pronunciations
  • names without pronunciations are excluded from results
 
  • the pattern will be compared to the name
  • * is a wildcard that will match zero or more letters
    • example: *oo* will match names which contain oo
  • _ is a wildcard that will match exactly one letter
    • example: __z will match names which have two letters and then a z
 
 
  • see the pronunciation key for a guide on how to write the sounds
  • sounds can only be searched in names that have been assigned pronunciations
  • names without pronunciations are excluded from results
  • * is a wildcard that will match zero or more letters in the pronunciation
    • example: *lee will match names which end with the sound lee
  • (s) will match exactly one syllable in the pronunciation
    • example: (s)(s)ra will match names which have two syllables and then the sound rah
  • (c) will match a consonant
  • (k) will match a consonant or consonant cluster
  • (v) will match a vowel
  • (p) will match a plosive or stop consonant
  • (f) will match a fricative consonant
  • (n) will match a nasal consonant
  • case sensitive: check this if you wish distinguish between unstressed lowercase sounds and stressed uppercase sounds
 
  (source)
  (target)
  • enter a name to see other names that rhyme with it
  • the source is the pronunciation language of the entered name
  • the target is the pronunciation language of the search results
 
  • the "relationship" is how the name relates to its parent name
    • example: searching for diminutive will return Betsy because it is a diminutive of its parent Elizabeth
  • selecting (all core forms) will exclude peripheral forms such as diminutives, short forms, and combinations
  • expand search to ancestral names: relationships between names further up the family tree will be included
 
  • name impressions are based on feedback left by the behindthename.com community
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • enter a behindthename.com username to search that user's public personal name lists
  • to limit your search to a specific list, put the name of the list in brackets after the username