How Do You Find the Origin of Your Name?

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People interested in finding the origin of their names can look in baby name books, or visit sites such as Behind the Name and The Baby Name Wizard to search for their name. These sites allow users to learn more about their own names, interact with other users in forums and use tools to discover the most common names in their areas.

"The Baby Name Wizard" is the website co-founded by Laura Wattenberg, author of the companion book of the same name and features Namipedia, NameVoyager and Name MatchMaker. The site "Behind the Name" provides users with the history and etymology of many first names. Users can find their name one these sites using the following steps:

  1. Choose a website
  2. Enter the desired website, such as, into the location bar and click "enter."

  3. Enter name into search box
  4. Users should enter their name into the search box and click on the magnifying glass to bring up information about the name.

  5. Read the "Meaning and history" section
  6. For example, users who search for "Elizabeth" will discover that it is the Greek form of the name "Elisheva," which is Hebrew for "my god is an oath." They will also learn that an Italian form is "Elisabetta" and a Spanish form is "Isabel."