CHAPTER 4: What's Your Name? The History,
Mystery, and Meaning of Family Names
18th- and 19th-century American nicknames
This site gives you a list of many name-to-nickname changes that were common 100
years ago in the United States.
General surname mailing lists
A list of genealogy resources on the Internet. Here you can subscribe to any of
the hundreds of mailing lists where people share information about a specific
surname they are chasing.
How common is my family's name?
Find out where your last name ranked among all American families in the 1990 census.
Visit this site, enter your name, and you'll get a ranking, from number 1 (Smith)
to, say, number 556 (Small) to 44,850 (Wolfman) and so on.