pdNickname 3.0 released today by Peacock Data

May 10, 2016   Technology News
(PRLEAP.COM) May 10, 2016 - California-based Peacock Data announced today the release of a new version of their flagship pdNickname name and nickname software, now at version 3.0. This is the product's first upgrade since December 2013. The original pdNickname was released in 2009.

The software is marketed to multiple groups. At the core, pdNickname assists businesses and organizations attempting to merge lists of names. According the company, "This is particularly important in the medical industry where patient records can be in multiple places with slightly different versions of a name. Our software is designed to fix this."

The new offering is loaded with almost 400,000 given names and nicknames. This represents virtually every first name found in the United States, and a quarter of the database is international with names only found outside the United States.

The package is also replete with information about the languages associated with the names, their origin, and even has a popularity ranking for all first names appearing in the United States since 1915. It identifies more than 500 languages, dialects, and ethnic groups, from English and Spanish to Arabic and Swahili.

KEY FEATURES

  • Nicknames: the heart of the database is a huge collection of more than 200,000 nicknames and the names they are associated with, including short forms, abbreviations, diminutives, and even hypocoristics.
  • Name Variations: different ways of spelling given name and nicknames are identified based on linguistic and onomastic name tree research-some names can have more than a hundred variations.
  • Phonetic Matches: first names that are not true variations but sound similar or have close spellings are identified and rated on a 1 to 99 scale.
  • Languages: the company has appended extensive demographic information about first name languages of usage.
  • Popularity: name popularity is ranked based of U.S. Census and U.S. Social Security records.
  • Special Origins: unique characteristics about the name origins are also provided, including their connections to religion, mythology, historical events, and literature.

  • A Pro edition even adds fuzzy logic which allows matching when names are entered with typographical errors.

    Finally, students, teachers, scholars, and those researching family histories benefit as well because the software is highly recommended for study in genealogy, onomatology, anthroponymy, ethnology, linguistics, and related disciplines.

    The package weighs in a hefty 12.4 GB for the Pro edition and 10.1 GB for the Standard version.

    pdNickname 3.0 is available for immediate download from the company's website. It can be purchased as a standalone product (Pro, $495; Standard, $299), or as part of bundles now on sale, including pdSuite Names ($595) and pdSuite Master Collection ($695).

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    pdNickname Web Page

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    California-based Peacock Data are the makers of database software products used by business, organizations, churches, schools, researchers, and government. They have been in business since 2003.

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