How Do You Search for People by Name?


Quick Answer

To search for people by name, use the search tools provided on phone directory websites like 411, or on people finder websites like Spokeo. Enter the name of the person and the city and state of the last known location to generate a list of possible matches.

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Many online phone directory websites offer users the opportunity to search for people by name for free. However, the list of possible matches are lengthy when the name is common. For this reason, additional details are provided in full listings. These specific details can include information such as the person's physical street address, their phone number and sometimes associated people and possible relatives of the person being searched. This helps users to identify a match when more there is more than one listing for the same name.

Sponsor links are also often provided, leading someone to people finder websites that offer the same or similar services as online phone directories. Some people finder websites allow users to run searches for free, while others require a membership and the payment of membership fees. The general information provided in a people finder's report often supersedes just the location of the person and contact details. Sometimes criminal convictions and prior addresses are listed.

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