Genealogy Insider: Name Games
2/23/2010
Have fun with your name (and learn something, too) by typing it into these online tools.
Genealogists are pretty serious about their ancestors’ names—finding the right ones, learning their origins, figuring out all possible spelling variations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with names. Type your moniker into these online tools and you can:
 
• see how many US residents share your name <howmanyofme.com>
 
• customize “The Name Game,” that Shirley Ellis song from 1965 <cox-tv.com/namegame>
 
• look up the meaning for your first name <www.behindthename.com/nmc/eng.php>
 
• generate a colored bar graph of your web persona <personas.media.mit.edu>
 
• translate it into Chinese <www.chinese-tools.com/names>, Japanese <japanesetranslator.co.uk/your-name-in-japanese>, Hawaiian <www.hawaiianring.com/translate.php>, Arabic <www.languages-of-the-world.us/YourNameIn/Arabic.html> and Hieroglyphics <www.quizland.com/hiero.htm>
 
• rearrange it into other words <magswordfinder.com>
 
• check its popularity <www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/rankchange.html>
 
From the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine