Sites in which the primary focus is the history of a surname or a family history connected to a specific surname.

Please Read Prior to Submission

Please ensure that you have selected the correct letter of the alphabet.

If a surname subcategory exists, submit your site to the category for the relevant surname. Variants of a surname may also submit to the specific surname category.

If your site covers several diverse surnames, select the dominant surname.

Sites submitted to this category should pertain to genealogy. Personal pages that are not primarily concerned with the history of a surname or family history will not be accepted here and should be submitted to Society: People: Personal Homepages.

You can assist by observing these simple guidelines:

1. Only submit once. If your site is not in English then please select the appropriate World category. If your site relates to a specific location you may wish to list under Regional.

2. Primary URL only. Do not list a redirect or cloaked URL, only the true URL will be accepted in the ODP.

3. Start title with featured name. Ignore terms such as The, My or Our. Do not add the terms Genealogy, Personal, Homepage or Website; nor type in UPPERCASE.

4. Enter a valid site description. Do not include HTML; do not exceed 30 words; do not add phrases such as ''and more'' or ''plus many others'' or give opinions such as ''the best''. Do not abbreviate, although country codes and other genealogical abbreviations are permitted. Examples are UK for United Kingdom; b. for born; or BDM for births, deaths and marriages.

Please include some indication of the geographic area covered, eg. ...worldwide, ...mainly Kentucky, in the UK and spread to Australia and Canada.

Examples of acceptable submissions:

Brown - One-name study including access to vital statistics, pedigrees, research registration, message board and associated links.
Baker: Australia - Evolution of the family line from convict to Prime Minister (1788-1988). Includes gedcom, colonial settlement, immigration and New South Wales registrations.
Milo Ancestors - Kinship of Sam Milo and Debbie Reynolds featuring the family coat of arms, pedigree charts and photographs. Also includes BDM index and census data for Glendale, California, USA.
Smith - Ancestors and descendants of Henry J Smith (b.1857) and wife Amber Seroma. Surnames include Brice, Childers, Mitchell and Felt. Focus is on the lineages of Yorkshire, UK.
Wheats of Cougar County - Family tree and photographs as compiled by Jenny Wheat. Features the descendants of Sam Turner, Albert Wheat and Penny Swatch, Washington, USA.
Zimmer/Bell/Timor/Wade Family History - Ancestral heritage and general interests of Paul Zimmer and Lucy Wade from Austin, Texas, USA.

On-line, searchable reference pertaining to the etymology of individual surnames.

Submissions reviewed prior to acceptance. Category allocation is at the discretion of the editor. A site may be relocated, or titles and descriptions altered to comply with ODP or category guidelines. Due to the high volume of submissions this process may take some time. Please be patient. Do not resubmit as this will result in a duplicated entry. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

Please Read Prior to Submission

Sites submitted to this category should pertain to surname etymology. Etymology is defined as the derivation and development of a word in form and meaning. Surname etymology is the study of ethnic origins and/or the meaning behind a last name. This may or may not include application of the name and/or heraldry. Only on-line, searchable reference sites which feature multiple names in dictionary format will be accepted here.

Sites which pertain to a single surname or variations of should be submitted to the applicable alphacat under Society: Genealogy: Surnames. On-line dictionary sites that do not pertain to surnames and/or genealogy should be listed at Reference: Dictionaries.

You can assist in keeping this category useful for genealogists, researchers and family members by observing these simple guidelines:

Website : only submit once (select Update URL if previously listed)
Do not abbreviate unnecessarily.

Title : state the name of the website (ignore terms such as The, My or Our)
Do not add the terms Genealogy, Personal, Homepage or Website.
Do not type in capitals or use symbols.

Description : enter a valid site description (describe content)
Do not reiterate title or category heading.
Do not exceed 30 words.
Do not include HTML or a list of keywords.
Do not use the same word repeatedly or phrases and punctuation that tend to sell the site as opposed to describe. These includes words such as best, brilliant and awesome!

Acceptable Descriptions

Example 1: Indexed reference listing the origins and heraldry of last names from around the world.
Example 2: Evolution of last names in an easy search format, including applicable coats of arms and global demographics.