How to Find an Address by Using a Name

By Krista Martin

Updated September 28, 2017

Online directories provide results more quickly than phone book directories.
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If you’ve ever lost your cell phone or address book, you know how painstakingly difficult it can be to recover all the names and addresses of your friends, colleagues and other important contacts. However, you need not sift through a massive phone book to find the addresses to go with the names; you can use online search engines and people search websites to recover the addresses. Obviously, the more details you have, the easier it will be to find the information you're looking for.

Use online search engines and online phone directories to help you find addresses. Type in the name of the person you are looking for. If he listed his address in the online directory, it should come up in the search results.

Type in other details that you know, such as a phone number or company name. This narrows the search results. If there are a lot of people with the name that you are searching for, it may be difficult to find the right person. Try and include as much detail as you can. Confirm that you are spelling the name correctly. If you’re not sure about the spelling, try a few variations of the person’s name until the search resembles what you’re looking for.

Go to a website that specializes in people search, such as Yahoo! People Search. Enter the individual’s first and last name. Include other details such as the city and state, phone number or email, to help narrow down your search for the right person.

Browse through the search results. Look for key words that correspond to the individual for whom you’re searching. This can include company names, sports or clubs that the individual is involved in. Select the result that best matches the person you are seeking.