What does your name mean? How common is your name? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions, then you can use FamilySearch’s All about Me experience, you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about your name.
This feature can tell you everything you may want to know from the meaning and frequency of your name, to the cost of gas when you were 5, to the most popular music when you were 10.
What Will This Experience Show Me?
Our names are our lifelong companions—we may like them or not, but they stay forever onto our birth certificates, and later into our tombstones, and ultimately written in the hearts of our loved ones long after we are gone. Some people may decide to change them, if they really don’t like them, but this is rare. With all this being said, it is only natural to wonder what our names mean and who shares them with us.
To learn more about your name, all you have to do is enter your information into the guest experience or sign in to your FamilySearch account.
Once you have filled out the search form, you can learn various kinds of information about your name and the year you were born.
First and Last Name Meaning
Discover what your first name means, including its original form, a short history of its use, spelling variations, and pet forms.
Click your last name to learn more about its origin and meaning as well.
You can also learn
There, you can learn about:
- Places in the world your name is commonly found
- Number of people who share your name
How Has the World Changed Since You Were Born?
Quiz yourself on the difference between the world’s population when you were born and now. Hint: There’s likely a billion-person difference between now and then.
Music, Popular Culture, and Sports
Perhaps on your next birthday you can watch the movie that won best picture, or listen to the most popular song from the year you were born.
You can find that information in All About Me, including sports trivia such as the Wimbledon or the French Open tennis tournaments winners from the year you were born.
The feature can also give the same information for the years you turned 8, 16, and older.
You can also learn about the time when your family members lived byseeing what shows, music, and sports they were experiencing when they were growing up.
Learn More about Your Family
You can compare your name and facts with your family’s throughout each experience and you can also focus specifically on a member of your family by changing the page settings to that person’s name.
Change the settings by clicking the black button in the top-right corner that says View a Different Year. From there, you can choose a family member from your tree, and learn more about that person’s life and past.
All About Me puts your family’s life in a larger context, and context brings your story to life. You might be surprised by what you discover.
Learn All about You
FamilySearch’s All About Me feature can help you get to know yourself and connect with others—especially family—in a meaningful way.
All you have to do is sign up for a FamilySearch account (which is absolutely FREE), and enter some basic information such as your name and when you were born. Then you are set to learn all sorts of cool, fun facts about yourself and your family!