NameX is a proprietary name-matching tool which allows you to find family records for names which have common variations in spelling or which may have been spelled incorrectly on some records.
To view names included in a search
On results pages, click the NameX level selected by the Search criteria block.
On the example below, Close variants as been selected. Clicking this link will open a new window displaying close variants of the name Bennett which have been included in the search.
How does NameX compare to Soundex?
NameX is vastly superior to Soundex, which is really not well adapted for searching for name variants. For example, while NameX identifies 147 highly plausible variants for the surname Wilson, Soundex identifies 1185 "variants", of which nearly 90% are unlikely in the extreme (eg. Wahlgamath, Whilesmith, Willigenburg).
NameX uses a Last name thesaurus containg 75 million entries for 1.5 million distinct last names and a First name thesaurus containing over 3 million entries for 260,000 distinct first names.
NameX is a registered trademark.
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