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pdNickname 3.0 released today

Version 2.0 users can get a free upgrade—see below

This 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 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: we have appended extensive demographic information about 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.

pdNickname 3.0 is available for immediate download from our 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).




If you have pdNickname 2.0, for a limited time you can get a free upgrade to the new version. This applies to standalone versions and suites that contain the product. This offer expires June 30, 2016.


Peacock Data covers the globe

This month west coast database makers Peacock Data mark the released of a new version of their international reference and demographics database software, pdCountry. It is available in Pro and Standard editions from their website.

According to a company spokesperson, “the new product was delayed about three weeks to await the results of the Scottish independence referendum. We did not want the software to become instantly out-of-date.”

Product information

The world is becoming a smaller place and a handy collection of key country data is invaluable. The new pdCountry version 2.0 fits the bill in good fashion representing the entire globe. This easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference package provides core country information, GeoCoding data, and a host of useful demographic variables.

The Pro version covers demographic information from 1970 through 2012 while the Standard edition covers 2003 through 2012. Both cover 29 United Nations-defined regions (including the World as a region itself) and 211 countries, plus some former countries.


  • ISO Numeric Country (or Area) Code
  • Regions
  • Country (or Area) Name
  • ISO, FIPS, and IOC Country Abbreviations
  • National Capital
  • Language
  • Citizenry (Noun and Adjective)
  • National Currency
  • ITU Country Calling Code
  • Internet Portals


  • Latitude and Longitude Coordinates
  • Land and Water Area


  • Population
  • GDP and its breakdown
  • Value Added By Economic Activity
  • Implicit Price Deflators
  • GNI
  • Exchange Rates

A total of 156 fields of information are available including 117 devoted to the demographic variables. Statistics are calculated in multiple ways, including in the national currency, US dollars, current prices, constant 2005 prices, rates, and/or shares. They are drawn from United Nations aggregate statistical data and are the latest information available.

Uses for this database are innumerable, and no company or organization that does international business should be without it. Financial companies, travel agents, webmasters, news agencies, research institutions, schools, students, and government will find it of particular value.

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A new twist on ZIP Codes

pdZIP receives a major overhaul this month and includes new 5-digit ZIP Code and ZIP+4 databases, along with an alternate places reference file and some new twists on the concept of ZIP Code databases. It is available in Pro and Standard editions from our website.

There are more than 41,000 United States Postal Service (USPS) 5-digit ZIP Codes, and more than 46 million USPS ZIP+4 records, in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, military posts, and island areas. pdZIP provides core USPS information about them, along with time zones, area codes, GeoCoding data, and a host of useful demographic variables.

These easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date packages are designed for those who want to create custom databases or applications, stylize the address information on their mailings, or go beyond what is available from USPS address cleaning services.

Pro and Standard versions

Both the Pro and Standard editions include a 41,000 record 5-digit ZIP Code database along with an alternate places reference file. The Pro version adds 46 million ZIP+4 records. The Standard edition has everything except the ZIP+4 information.

  • (Pro, Standard) More than 41,000 5-digit ZIP Code records
  • (Pro only) More than 46 million ZIP+4 records
  • (Pro, Standard) Alternate places reference file listing preferred place names and acceptable and unacceptable alternate place names for USPS ZIP Codes
  • (Pro, Standard) Comprehensive United States national databases:
    • The 50 U.S. states
    • District of Columbia (federal district)
    • Overseas military areas
      • U.S. Armed Forces Americas (except Canada)
      • U.S. Armed Forces Europe (which serves Europe, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East)
      • U.S. Armed Forces Pacific (which serves Asia and the Pacific)
    • Insular areas:
      • American Samoa
      • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
      • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
      • Guam
      • Midway Islands (also known as Midway Atoll; now inhabited only by caretakers)
      • U.S. Virgin Islands
      • Wake Island (also known as Wake Atoll; now inhabited only by civilian contractors)
    • Associated island areas:
      • Republic of the Marshall Islands
      • Federated States of Micronesia
      • Republic of Palau
  • (Pro, Standard) Core USPS ZIP5 information:
    • USPS 5-digit ZIP Code
    • State postal abbreviation
    • USPS preferred city name
    • Formatted city name
    • Abbreviated city name
    • ZIP Classification Code
    • City-Delivery Carrier Routes Indicator
    • Bulk Mail Sort/Merge Indicator
    • Finance Number
  • (Pro only) Core USPS ZIP4 information:
    • USPS Plus4 Add-on Code
    • Carrier Route
    • Delivery Type Indicator
    • Street alias type and date
    • Alternate Record Indicator
    • Locatable Address Conversion System (LACS) Indicator
    • Move Indicator
    • Company or organization information
    • Puerto Rican urbanization
  • (Pro, Standard) Time Zones, UTC Offsets and Daylight Savings Time
  • (Pro, Standard) Area Codes
  • (Pro, Standard) ZIP5 GeoCoding is at both the Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) level and county level
  • (Pro only) ZIP+4 GeoCoding is at the census block group level or smaller
  • (Pro, Standard) Latitude and Longitude coordinates in 3 formats:
    • Degrees
    • Converted to radians (15 numeric places)—for trigonometry functions
    • Degrees/Minutes/Seconds— for printing out coordinates in documents and on websites
  • (Pro, Standard) Land and water area
  • (Pro, Standard) Urban and rural indicator
  • (Pro, Standard) Geographic areas identified:
    • Region
    • Division
    • State (FIPS Code and Name)
    • County (FIPS Code and Name)
  • (Pro only) Geographic areas identified:
    • Census Tract
    • Census Block Croup
    • Place (FIPS Code)
    • Congressional District (FIPS Code)
    • Census Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA)
  • (Pro, Standard) Demographics (tabulations and estimates):
    • Population
      • Males
      • Females
      • Median age: Both genders
        • Median age: Males
        • Median age: Females
      • White
      • Black or African American
      • American Indian or Alaska Native
      • Asian
      • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
      • Other race
      • Two or more races
      • Hispanic or Latino
      • Speaks Spanish at home (age 5 and over)
      • Enrolled in PK-12 (age 3 and over)
      • Enrolled in college
      • Veterans (age 18 and over)
      • Military quarters population
      • College/University student housing population
      • Nursing/Skilled-nursing facility population
      • Adult correctional facilities population
      • Juvenile facilities population
      • Per capita income
      • Unemployed civilian population (age 16 and over)
    • Households
      • Average household size
      • Median household income
      • Households with income below the poverty level (in the past 12 months )
      • Family households
        • Average family size
        • Median family income
      • Non-family households
        • Median non-family income
    • Housing units
      • Median number of rooms
      • Median year built
      • Occupied housing units
        • Householder who is White
        • Householder who is Black or African American
        • Householder who is American Indian or Alaska Native
        • Householder who is Asian
        • Householder who is Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
        • Householder who is another race
        • Householder who is two or more races
        • Hispanic or Latino householder
        • Average number of vehicles
        • Owner-occupied housing units
          • Median home value
        • Renter-occupied housing units
          • Median gross rent as a percentage of income
          • Median gross rent
            • Median contract rent
      • Vacant housing units
  • (Pro, Standard) Comes in multiple file formats:
    • Comma Delimited (CSV)
    • Fixed Length
    • DBF
  • (Pro, Standard) Full documentation
  • (Pro, Standard) Perpetual Site License—allowing installation on all computers in the same building within a single company or organization
  • (Pro, Standard) Available for immediate download

pdZIP utilizes only the ANSI character set (ASCII values 0 to 127 and extended values 128 to 255) and United States Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. Census Bureau coding conventions. These databases are fully compatible with raw USPS data and other databases and applications that make use of their coding conventions.

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