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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:43
Japanese to English
Nov 28, 2005

Howdy folks,

I'm working on a project related to a sports simulation game wherein I'm trying to build a comprehensive file of surnames and male given names, and their frequencies.

I'm looking for data from as many nationalities as possible. Does anyone have suggestions for where I could find this information for any nationality? Some areas in particular that my data is lacking include:

Great Britain (looking to break this and Australia out from U.S. names)
Australia
Korean
Chinese
Other Asian (not Japanese)
Norwegian
Danish
Dutch
Portuguese
Brazilian
Greek
Anything in Africa

Any ideas welcomed!

Also, once I have the data compiled, I would love to have native-speaking volunteers to help check the accuracy of the file.

Incidentally, this is strictly volunteer stuff. No money will be changing hands. No links to fee-based database services, please!

Thanks very much!

Steve Battisti


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oxygen4u
Portugal
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Portuguese Given Names Nov 28, 2005

Hi!!

If you want you can check the following site for Portuguese Given Names.

http://www.dgrn.mj.pt/civil/adm_nadm.asp

It's an extensive list of names allowed for registragion purposes (birth certificates).

I hope you find it useful.



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DBG  Identity Verified
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links to info on names Nov 28, 2005

Hello Steven,
Out of curiosity, I tried a couple of quick google searches. For starters, the two urls below look useful for you, and contain links to other resources re names by nationality.
Good luck with the project,
Diantha

http://www.rogerdarlington.co.uk/useofnames.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Given_name


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Antje Harder  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Norwegian names Nov 28, 2005

Hallo Steve,

here is a link to the official Norwegian database of surnames ("etternavn") and given names ("fornavn"):

http://www.ssb.no/emner/00/navn/

A similar database exists in Sweden - could you need that, too?

http://www.scb.se/templates/Product____30895.asp

Regards from Sweden
Antje


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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
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So far, so good Nov 28, 2005

These are all great! Thanks very much. The Swedish and Norwegian names will make some people very happy!

Keep it coming! Korean and Chinese, especially, would make people happy.


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:43
Danish names Nov 28, 2005

Here is a top 20 of Danish male and female given names plus surnames: http://www.dst.dk/Statistik/Navne/pop/2005.aspx

Let me know if you need further help with Danish names.
I recently translated a kids computer games where I had to come up with over 400 given names.

Jørgen


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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Dutch links Nov 28, 2005

Hi, here are some Dutch links:

http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfd/
http://bnm.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?c=12

Good luck,
Saskia


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oxygen4u
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Correction Nov 28, 2005

Hi, again!

Apparently the site I mentioned wasn't fully correct (unless you speak portuguese!).

Try this one instead:

http://www.dgrn.mj.pt/civil/dgrn_nom_admit_2000.pdf



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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
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Danish names Nov 28, 2005

Jørgen Madsen wrote:

Here is a top 20 of Danish male and female given names plus surnames: http://www.dst.dk/Statistik/Navne/pop/2005.aspx

Let me know if you need further help with Danish names.
I recently translated a kids computer games where I had to come up with over 400 given names.

Jørgen


This is great Jørgen! Is there anywhere we can come up with a list of more than 20 surnames or given names? I'm looking for as many as possible. (Only male given names though.)


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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
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Portuguese Nov 28, 2005

oxygen4u wrote:
Try this one instead:

http://www.dgrn.mj.pt/civil/dgrn_nom_admit_2000.pdf



These are given names, correct? Do you know, could these be used interchangeably with Portugal and Brazil, or would Brazil have different names?

Also, any ideas about Portuguese surnames?

Thanks! I love ProZ!

BTW, I just realized I have no data from India either!


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:43
Unfortunately only top 20 for free Nov 28, 2005

Steven Battisti wrote:

This is great Jørgen! Is there anywhere we can come up with a list of more than 20 surnames or given names? I'm looking for as many as possible. (Only male given names though.)


If you want additional names from Statistics Denmark, you have to pay. In connection with the mentioned project I was on, I tried to can a longer list, but then they charge you...

Just found a top 50 for given names:
http://www.dst.dk/Statistik/Navne/bestemt_aar/20041.aspx
(Girls on the left, boys on the right, applies to newborns for that year).

BTW, I like Proz.com, too... However, it just caused me to burn dinner, which will certainly not please the wife Though, it seems I might have saved it, so she probably won't notice...

Best regards,
Jørgen

[Edited at 2005-11-28 16:47]

[Edited at 2005-11-28 16:50]


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oxygen4u
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Brazilian names Nov 28, 2005

Steven Battisti wrote:

oxygen4u wrote:
Try this one instead:

http://www.dgrn.mj.pt/civil/dgrn_nom_admit_2000.pdf



These are given names, correct? Do you know, could these be used interchangeably with Portugal and Brazil, or would Brazil have different names?

Also, any ideas about Portuguese surnames?

Thanks! I love ProZ!

BTW, I just realized I have no data from India either!



Brazil does have different names, but the list I sent you already includes quite a few of those names, because the brazilian comunity living in Portugal is quite big.

As for surnames, i'm still looking...


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Daniela Zambrini  Identity Verified
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Southern European (Mediterannean) Surname Resources Nov 28, 2005

http://www.surnamedirectory.com/surname-resources-S-EUROPEAN.html

some resources and links for Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Italian surnanmes

Ciao DZ


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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
United States
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Dutch Nov 28, 2005

Saskia Steur wrote:

Hi, here are some Dutch links:

http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfd/
http://bnm.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?c=12


Saskia, since I don't speak Dutch, I'm having trouble finding a list of names on those sites. Can you help?


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Steven Battisti  Identity Verified
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South Korean? Nov 29, 2005

Does anyone know where I could find a list of South Korean given names?

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