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

The Notable Names Database (NNDB) is an online database of biographical details of over 40,000 people. Soylent Communications, a sole proprietorship that also hosted the now-defunct Rotten.com,[1] describes NNDB as an "intelligence aggregator" of noteworthy persons highlighting their interpersonal connections.[2] The Rotten.com domain was registered in 1996 by former Apple and Netscape software engineer Thomas E. Dell, who was also known by his internet alias, "Soylent".[3]


Each entry has an executive summary with an assessment of the person's notability.[4] It also lists their deaths, cause of deaths, and life risk factors that may affect their life span such as obesity, cocaine addiction, or dwarfism. 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.[4]

NNDB Mapper[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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

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