Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ deals with questions about names. There is a separate FAQ for questions specifically about this website.

How did that strange diminutive arise? (eg Bob from Robert)

Several of the most common English first names have diminutives/short forms that seemingly bear little relation to the original. In many cases the reason for the sound change is uncertain.

Please see this site's glossary entry for "diminutive" for further information.

Where can I research my family's history?

Here are some websites that offer genealogy research. These sites charge a fee in order to unlock full functionality.

How can I translate a name into another language?

Go to the translation page, enter the name you want to translate, select the language you want to translate into, and then press "Translate".

Here are some other sites that offer translations or transliterations.

What does my surname mean?

This site is limited to first names, except surnames that are also used as first names.

Please try the related website for the meaning of your surname.

What does this place name mean?

This site is limited to given names, except toponyms that are also used as given names.

Please try the related website for the meaning of some toponyms.

What is the deep meaning of my name?

If you are interested in the numerology behind your name, try visiting the Kabalarian's website.

When is it appropriate to use 'Junior' versus 'II'?

Junior is used to distinguish a son with the same name as his father. The following conditions apply:

  1. The Junior must be a son of the father, not a grandson.
  2. The names must be exactly the same, including the middle name.
  3. The father must still be living.

II is used whenever any close relative, including for example a grandfather or a great-uncle, shares the same name as the child.