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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.