How do I make other similar names show up in a search for one name?

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When I add a new name, how do I make it so that other names show up with a different spelling for the same person? How does that work? Thank you!
in WikiTree Tech by BeBe Buttner G2G3 (3.4k points)

4 Answers

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One way to do it is to go to and enter the surname. They will show variations. For example, Buttner is similar to Butten, Button, Buttoner, Bottoner, Boutet, and so on. See  It's a free site.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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You can go to Find at the upper right of your page. Click on it and drop down to Surname. Enter the surname. 

For Buttner they have:

About 69 Buttners. Related surnames: BUTTON (1272) BITTNER (435) BITNER (303) BOUTON (268) BUTNER (206) BUTTER (189) BUDDE (126) BUNNER (127) BUETTNER (115) BOATNER (103) BODNAR (94) BOTNER (79) BURTNER (61) BODNER (61) BUTTIMER (39)

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
+8 votes

I think what you're wishing would happen, is that when you do a standard search on Wikitree for John Beebehyer, that all those alternate spellings will also show up.

Choose at least one Beebehyer profile, Put all the alternate spellings you can think of into "Other Last Names". Then when you go to the BEEBEHYER Genealogy page (no ones there yet.) by searching just a surname, in the top right corner lots of alternate spellings will be listed see Field for an example.

There is a catch, this does not happen instantaneously. That index is only run (I think) once a day. So wait and check it tomorrow or the next day.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+3 votes
When you do a name search here, you can use asterisks as wild cards in your search strings to help you pick up variant spellings. Thus, if you are uncertain whether your ancestor might be here as Henry or Henrich and you don't know which spelling might be used for the last name, you  could search for Hen* Beebe* and also for Hen* Biebig*. The asterisk means that the search will pick up any name that starts with the string of letters before the asterisk. Hen* could give you Henry, Henny, Henrietta, Henrich, and Hendrick, for example. That approach sometimes generates too many names to deal with, but for unusual names it can be a big time-saver.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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