Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 first name mean?

Please go to to get the meaning of your first name.

What does this place name mean?

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

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.