How to find a person by name

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How to find a person by name

Are you trying to do a reverse search to find a person by name? Are you tired of reading through articles only to get the run-around? Being given empty promises and false hope only to be left hanging? In the post below, I will give you the information you have been promised numerous times before but never received.


How to find a person by name? This is one of the most common searches online. I will say that as common as it is, it is one of the most stressful searches you will do. Do you know how many people share the same name in the US alone?

Let’s say you are looking for a person called Samantha Johnson; there are about 690,000 (as shown in the image below) people with the same name. And if you have a partial name (either a first name or last name), your chance of finding the right person becomes slimmer. With about 274,000,000 people with the first name Samantha and 1,420,000,000 people with the last name Johnson, having any other data will help your chances of finding the person you want.


Don’t lose hope yet. In this post, I will point out some of the options that you can try. These options have been used and they have delivered the desired results. As you read through or even try these methods, you will notice that others won’t give you ‘all’ the information you want. The trick is to use some of the information you got from other people search options. These may be reverse searches by email or phone number; that way, you will never be stuck.

Use social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)

Social networks have become so popular, that everyone is signed up on at least one social networking site. Facebook alone has about 2.96 billion active users every month (as of 2023). I can go on and on about the stats of all the social networks, but I think you get the gist. If they have such high numbers, then it is highly possible that the person you are looking for is on at least one of them. This means that you can do a person search by name using social media networks.

Now the hassle comes with knowing which network to start with. You can start with the most common ones like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This route may take longer, that is, moving from site to site and sifting through numerous results.

You can use a site that has collective results for almost all social networks. This route is much simpler and will give you the results you need. Social searcher is free to use (but they do have premium options that may interest you).

You type in the name you have at hand and you will get the results of the name you put in. The results are profiles and activity of the person on all the social networks that are tracked. These social networks include;

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Vimeo
  • Dailymotion

Use search engines to find a person by name

I know you have read so many times about how you can use search engines as a people finder. I will try to make it as brief and simple as I can. Google, Yahoo, Bing, and numerous other search engines can actually be used if you want to find a person by name.

  1. Type in the name in the search engine (include middle name)
  2. Press the search key to start the search
  3. Go through the results returned
  4. Go to images (to find a picture you may recognize of the person you want)
  5. Try the other tabs to see relevant info of the person

I expanded more on this option in my previous post – how to find people free.

Finding a person online depends on the person’s online trail. This simply means that the person you want should, at some point in time, have used the internet where they entered their information, including their full name.

You may run into trouble/problems if that someone you want uses a pseudonym for their online activity. If you know the person well enough to guess what those aliases could be, then you can start your search.  But if you have done all you can with the full name and you still don’t get anything, you can try to figure out the person’s aliases.

When people create pseudonyms, they usually do the following: – Use middle names (or middle names as initials) (e.g. John Tom Charles Brown would be John T.C Brown) – Use their name’s initials (e.g. Elizabeth Cynthia Smith could be E.C.S) – Translate names to a different language (e.g. Hope would be Esperanza) –  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Combine names (e.g. Kohl Sonics could be Kohlson).

If the search options given above don’t yield the results you want, then you can search through this people search directory for additional ways on how to find a person by name.