About This Site
Behind the Surname
is a website for learning about all aspects of surnames
. Its scope
is broad: all surnames from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database
. There are currently 6,411 names in the database (and additionally 26,162 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 2002 by Mike Campbell as an offshoot of Behind the Name. I hope you enjoy your visit here!
About names and etymology
Instructions and help
Frequently asked questions about this site
Statistics about the names in the database
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