We’ve all encountered examples where a given name has been mis-spelled by someone, and making researching that name a bit more difficult. When I received a tip on researching tricky names, I knew I had to share it.
Behind the Name is the genius tool that aids in researching other possibilities for your name, and it’s free. Just type in a name and see variants, other spellings by nationality, and popularity.
As far as surnames go, I’m sure you all know the trick of shortening the name – my own family name of Kuppenheffer was reduced to Kopenhaver over the years, so you should research alternate spellings or use a wild card (*) in place of the vowels.