May 14, 2017
Updated the popularity lists for the United States 2016.
April 7, 2017
The site has a new, faster web server.
February 28, 2017
The site now supports https.
February 8, 2017
Added namesakes to the place name site.
October 23, 2016
Updated the popularity lists for England/Wales, Ireland, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia and Belgium.
September 6, 2015
Updated the popularity lists for England/Wales, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Denmark and Belgium, and added lists for Switzerland and Mexico.
July 28, 2015
Added a banner and tabbed links to the name pages.
March 18, 2015
Updated the popularity lists, including a new list for Galicia.
March 2, 2015
Added options to search names by user impression and by personal name list.
December 3, 2014
Added a list of name elements. Some family trees now show name elements.
June 6, 2014
Added Chinese Emperors, Sultans of Delhi/Mughal Emperors, and Islamic Caliphs to the namesakes section.
March 21, 2014
Updated the popularity lists for England/Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, and more.
January 6, 2014
On name pages, added links to external name pages on Wikipedia, babynames.ch and nameberry.com.
January 3, 2014
Support for surnames and user-submitted names on personal name lists.
December 12, 2013
New options for the random name generator.
December 2, 2013
A new look and feel for the website.
May 10, 2013
Updated the popularity lists for many countries.
July 28, 2012
Redesigned the namesakes section. Plus, namesakes added to the surname site.
May 14, 2012
Added popularity lists for the United States 2011, and results for the prediction game 2011. Added updated lists for Sweden, Scotland, Hungary, Australia, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
May 8, 2012
Redid the list of saints.
April 12, 2012
Created an API for the site.
November 1, 2011
Updated popularity lists for Slovenia, Austria and Northern Ireland.
October 30, 2011
Added the name browser.
October 3, 2011
Initial design of the place name site.
September 11, 2011
The popularity charts can be sorted by different criteria.
August 31, 2011
Generated sate-by-state animations for the US.
August 17, 2011
Updated popularity lists for Australia, Canada, England/Wales, France, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Norway and Spain.
June 3, 2011
The random name generator can do random surnames.
June 2, 2011
The surnames site has been given many of the same features as the first name site. For example comments can be now be left for surnames.
May 10, 2011
Added popularity lists for the United States 2010, and results for the prediction game 2010.
January 25, 2011
Updated popularity lists for Scotland, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Catalonia. New lists for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Poland and Italy.
September 15, 2010
Added Serbian and Polish rulers to the namesake page.
September 1, 2010
Added musicians, scientists and Portuguese monarchs to the namesake page.
August 28, 2010
Server upgrade. Unicode support.
July 28, 2010
Updated popularity lists for Ireland, Hungary, Spain, France, Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland. New lists for Austria and Croatia.
July 27, 2010
Implemented name "family trees".
May 11, 2010
Added popularity lists for the United States 2009, and results for the prediction game 2009.
February 19, 2010
Added fun category "hippy names" to the random name generator.
February 18, 2010
Users can now make their personal name lists rateable, meaning other users can vote on the names.
February 1, 2010
Added popularity lists for Sweden, Norway, Scotland and the Netherlands 2009.
June 16, 2009
Added popularity lists for the Netherlands 2008, and updated lists for Canada, Scotland and Ireland.
May 14, 2009
Added popularity lists for the United States 2008, and results for the prediction game 2008.
January 31, 2009
Searches for name popularity now show the popularity on a graph. Graph shows either relative rank or percentage use, and can display multiple names for comparison.
January 24, 2009
Added yearly American popularity lists from 1880 to 1990.
October 15, 2008
Made changes to personal name lists so each user can have multiple lists.
October 5, 2008
Changed the interface for the private message system (multi-message move/delete).
August 1, 2008
Changed some of the look and feel of the site, and added some features to the main page.
May 12, 2008
Added popularity lists for the United States 2007, and results for the prediction game 2007.
March 11, 2008
Added updated popularity lists for England/Wales, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Slovenia and Chile.
August 21, 2007
Added popularity information and sharing abilities to personal name lists.
May 11, 2007
Added popularity lists for the United States 2006, and results for the prediction game 2006.
April 17, 2007
Added over 700 new names to the anagram section, hyperlinked it, and made it searchable.
April 5, 2007
Added a rotating name of the day to the main page.
March 24, 2007
Made changes to personal name lists so that gender can be specified and notes kept.
February 13, 2007
Added updated popularity lists for England/Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Hungary. Added a new list for Chile.
December 20, 2006
Added general lists of artists, philosophers, writers and explorers to the namesakes page.
December 1, 2006
Added lists of Bulgarian tsars and Ottoman sultans to the namesakes page.
November 22, 2006
Added statistics for Belgium, England/Wales and Hungary to the most common surnames page.
November 21, 2006
Added statistics for Sweden, Norway, Argentina and France to the most common surnames page.
September 25, 2006
Added a list of American First Ladies to the namesakes page.
May 31, 2006
Nomino DATA is using data from this website in its products.
May 25, 2006
Added a way to search for rhyming names: see the search page.
May 12, 2006
Added popularity lists for the United States 2005, and results for the prediction game 2005.
May 2, 2006
Created a new message board, for writers.
April 18, 2006
Added a survey section, which allows users to rate names. To rate a name, view its entry then click the "contribute information" link.
March 10, 2006
Added updated popularity lists for France.
March 7, 2006
Added a game which challenges players to predict the most popular US baby names before they are published.
March 7, 2006
Changed the procedure for submitting names. User-submitted names can now be browsed.
January 18, 2006
Added new popularity lists for Spain, and an updated list for Scotland.
January 9, 2006
Today this website is 10 years old!
January 9, 2006
Added Estonian name days to the name days page.
January 9, 2006
Added lists of Hurricane names and Hungarian monarchs to the namesakes page.
January 9, 2006
Added new popularity lists for Slovenia, Hungary and England/Wales.
January 9, 2006
Most Arabic names now show their native spelling in Arabic script.
November 7, 2005
Added a glossary.
August 4, 2005
Added a few new popularity lists, updated the US lists to match the data on the SSA site, and redid the US popularity analysis.
June 21, 2005
Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Macedonian and Kazakh names now show their native spelling in Greek or Cyrillic characters.
May 6, 2005
Added popularity lists for the United States 2004.
April 13, 2005
Registered users can add names to their personal name lists. Also, because I love stats, I have added lists of the most searched and most added names.
February 14, 2005
Added statistics for Scotland to the most common surnames page.
January 10, 2005
Added some more popularity lists.
December 2, 2004
Added a comment section and revamped the website section. You can add to these collections by viewing a name and clicking the "contribute information" link.
November 24, 2004
Made some (mostly behind-the-scenes) changes to the database. Name entries now have additional information listed below them.
July 25, 2004
Lists of Russian rulers have been added to the namesakes page.
May 7, 2004
Added popularity lists for the United States 2003 and Belgium 2000-2002.
January 29, 2004
Added more names to the anagram names page. Some errors in the list have been fixed too.
January 11, 2004
Added new popularity lists for England/Wales and Scotland 2003.
July 4, 2003
Added an interactive polls section.
June 30, 2003
Created a list of themes, sort of like a first name reverse dictionary.
June 24, 2003
Created a random name generator.
June 23, 2003
Some older popularity lists for Scotland, England/Wales, France and Sweden have been added to most popular names page.
April 16, 2003
Popularity lists for the United States 2002 and England/Wales 2002 have been added to most popular names page.
September 6, 2002
The most popular names page has been expanded.
August 15, 2002
The namesakes page has been updated once again, this time with Hall-of-Fame athletes, Academy Award winners, and Nobel Laureates.
August 9, 2002
Lists of biblical characters and characters from Greek myth have been added to the namesakes page.
July 24, 2002
Lists of Scottish rulers have been added to the namesakes page.
July 23, 2002
Over 10% of the names have been assigned a pronunciation. A pronunciation guide page has been added. Also, for those who like to browse, masculine and feminine name pages have been generated.
May 31, 2002
Launch the surnames site!
May 25, 2002
Statistics for 2001 have been added to the top names page.
April 6, 2002
A name days page has been added.
March 6, 2002
Almost every name now has a usage associated with it, which appears to the right of the gender. A usage page has been added, where you can view names by their language/culture of use.
November 12, 2001
An intoductory page has been added. Also the sources of first names page has been improved.
November 11, 2001
A repository of external websites has been added.
September 10, 2001
Another list has been added to the most popular names page. I have also added file locking to the message board to prevent messages from being clobbered when people post simultaneously.
September 6, 2001
Statistics are now being generated for the votes.
August 20, 2001
A statistics page has been added for those interested.
August 2, 2001
Added a frequently asked questions page.
July 31, 2001
The nameskaes page now includes names occurring in Shakespeare's plays, thanks to contributors Selwyn and Phyllis.
June 14, 2001
A namesake page has been added
April 5, 2001
The ability to search for the popularity of names has been implemented.
March 27, 2001
I have added several lists taken from the US Social Security Administration website to the most popular names page.
February 13, 2001
I have expanded the sources of first names page.
January 22, 2001
An anagram names page has been added, thanks to contributors Pavlos and Nanaea.
January 15, 2001
The search function has been redesigned. I have also added an advanced search page which also allows for the translation of names into other languages.
December 1, 2000
Message board postings will now be archived instead of deleted.
November 27, 2000
Made a few minor improvements to the message board.
September 1, 2000
The message board has been improved. Names in messages are now automatically linked, and URLs are marked up. However, HTML is still not allowed. I also fixed a few bugs.
August 1, 2000
The site has a new look. Also, the search capabilities have been improved and the search for sound-alike names has been bug-fixed.
May 6, 2000
The site now has a mailing list.
January 1, 2000
The site has a new name and a new address. The name change from "The Etymology of First Names" to "Behind the Name" was a result of securing the address www.behindthename.com. I figure it was time for a change after 4 years!