Some name resources…

National Geographic has put together a very cool interactive map of surnames across the US. I’d love to see one of these for other countries, honestly.

Baby Name Wizard’s Name Mapper – see where and when a name was most popular, by year from 1960 to 2009. (US only, as far as I know.)

My favorite Wikipedia category: Surnames. (I particularly love the lists of common surnames by country. So useful!)

Behind The Name is great for finding first names by country, especially when you’re looking for things like ‘Cornish’ and ‘Breton’.

So what IS the difference between "awhile" and "a while", anyhow?

You use 'a while' if you're also using the word 'for', as in, "I'll drive for a while; you get some sleep." If you're not using 'for', then you use 'awhile'. "I'll drive awhile; you get some sleep."

This–and a lot of other useful information–can be found at Paul Brians' (Big) List Of Errors page. It's ridiculously helpful, and if you'd prefer it in an offline format, he's written a book.