The Notable Names Database (NNDB) is an online database of biographical details of over 40,000 people. NNDB describes itself as an "intelligence aggregator" of noteworthy persons highlighting their interpersonal connections.[1] It is run by Soylent Communications, a sole proprietorship that hosted the now defunct[2]

Notable Names Database
Type of site
Online biographical database
Available inEnglish
OwnerSoylent Communications
LaunchedAugust 7, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-08-07)
Current statusActive


Each entry has an executive summary with an assessment of the person's notability.[3] Businesspeople and government officials are listed with chronologies of their posts, positions, and board memberships. NNDB has articles on films with user-submitted reviews, discographies of selected music groups, and extensive bibliographies.[3]

The owner of NNDB is listed as Soylent Communications, a Mountain View, California web-hosting provider, which also appeared defunct in 2020. In 1996, the domain had been registered by former Apple and Netscape software engineer Thomas E. Dell, who was also known by his internet alias, "Soylent".[4]

NNDB MapperEdit

The NNDB Mapper, a visual tool for exploring connections between people, was made available in May 2008. It required Adobe Flash 7.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NNDB". October 15, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "The legacy of - The Kernel". The Kernel. October 26, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Schofield, Jack (March 17, 2008). "Meet the new Who's Who". The Guardian. Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  4. ^ " is offline", The Outline, November 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (May 15, 2008). "Connecting executives (and celebs) with NNDB Mapper". cnet news. Retrieved October 15, 2009.

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