* (asterisk) is a wildcard. It can be placed in front of, at the end of and in the middle of a word. 

  • Searching for a first name ann* will return all first names beginning with ann-, such as Anne, Anna, Anni, Annette etc.
  • Searching for a first name *ristine will return all first names ending in -ristine, such as Kristine and Christine.
  • Searching for a surname *risto* will return all surnames containing -risto- in them, such as Kristoffersen/-datter, Kristophersen/-datter, Christoffersen/-datter, Christophersen/-datter etc.

Update January 2016: Seaching with a wildcard in the middle of a word is now allowed. You can controll the search by using * for an unlimited number of unknown characters or one or more ? for each unknown character.

  • Searching for first name fri*jof will return all first names beginning with fri and ending with jof, such as Fritjof, Fridthjof, Fridtjof etc.
  • Searching for first name fri?jof will return all first names beginning with fri and ending with jof and have one unknown character between these two parts. Here you will see results like Fritjof and Fridjof.
  • Searching for first name fri???jof will return all first names beginning with fri and ending with jof and have three unknown characters between these two parts. Here you will see results like Fridthjof.

No matter how you choose to use the wildcard, you must be aware that you can not have less than two characters in combination with a wildcard. Searching for a first name A* (Beginning with an A) is not allowed, as such searches would be too heavy. Searching for one letter alone, however, will return abbreviated names.

  • Search for first name A will return names such as A. Hansen.