The Notable Names Database (NNDB) is an online database of biographical details of over 40,000 people of note. NNDB describes itself as an "intelligence aggregator" of those it determines to be noteworthy, but mainly to identify connections between people.[2] It is run by Soylent Communications, a sole proprietorship that also ran the site rotten.com.[3]

Notable Names Database
Type of site
Online biographical database
Available inEnglish
OwnerSoylent Communications
Alexa rankDecrease 116,061 (February 2018)[1]
LaunchedAugust 7, 2002
Current statusActive


Each person has an executive summary giving a brief description of NNDB's opinion of his/her notability.[4] All have summaries of their vital statistics, such as full name, pseudonyms, birth and death, location of their remains, religious beliefs, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, family members, relationships, and nationality. Contentious facts are footnoted. Some entries have a brief prose biography, or contain facts or citations of note. Entries may contain summaries of the organizations they belong to, illnesses, phobias, addictions, drug use, criminal records, and other data. In the case of authors, actors, film directors, and architects, the entry lists the person's artistic works in chronological order. Businesspeople and government officials have chronologies of their official posts and positions, as well as board memberships. NNDB also has articles on films with user-submitted reviews, discographies of selected music groups, and extensive bibliographies on most subjects.[4] Readers may suggest corrections through a form on the website; these are later vetted by an NNDB staff member.[5] A former feature was the "Level of Fame" assigned by NNDB from "Niche" to "Icon".[6]

NNDB Mapper

The NNDB Mapper, a visual tool for exploring connections between people, was made available in May 2008. It requires Adobe Flash 7.[7] The interface allows the user to map how various individuals and institutions are connected, and save and share these maps.

As of August 2018 the NNDB Mapper was not responding.


  1. ^ "Nndb.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. ^ "NNDB". October 15, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "The legacy of Rotten.com - The Kernel". The Kernel. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  4. ^ a b Schofield, Jack (2008-03-17). "Meet the new Who's Who". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  5. ^ "NNDB (About)". October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
  6. ^ Karol, Michael (2005). The Comic DNA of Lucille Ball: Interpreting the Icon. p. 28. Retrieved 15 Oct 2009.
  7. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (May 15, 2008). "Connecting executives (and celebs) with NNDB Mapper". cnet news. Retrieved 15 October 2009.

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