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 23,938 names in the database (and additionally 143,259 in the submitted name 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 deeply interest me. I hope you enjoy your visit here!
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