It's a nice idea, but BTN has a huge head start on you.
My advice would be, go to your local library and look in the onomastics section (usually part of dictionaries etc.) There have to be some books - even if it's "baby names" guides. Look at them and use their content. The key is, PARAPHRASE. Don't copy directly. But at all times, give proper sources.
Well, all of what you're trying to do is just a way to not do the job yourself, so if you do that, you can't be a very useful resource, since everyone can just go on Wikipedia for the same content, or on behindthename.com directly.
But, what is the point of making an encyclopediæ if it's to copy others? I'm not saying that you can't make a wiki, but what you're doing can get you in some pretty bad trouble. And Staff allows you to make a wiki, but not copyright infringement.
Because I'm really interested in creating lists with hundreds of names. What could be good for me?
But what can happen? Nothing will happen if I copy only "some" text from Wikipedia. Staff won't close my wiki only for a little text from wikipedia. And if Wikipedia says that copying some text is allowed, then wikipedia won't send Staff messages only for that text. I'm sure. Why was Wikia created? Staff wanted to try to copy MediaWiki from Wikipedia. :P
Wikia was created by the founder of Wikipedia, and it was supposed to be a repertory of wikis. So, bad example. SEO is what makes your website apparent on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. If you copy from others, it will be inexistent.
Wikipedia allows to copy text indeed, under the CC-BY-SA license, which means you have to credit them, or it's copyright infringement. So no, there's no “copying if you want to copy,” there are very important regulations to be respected. Which is why you're better off with your own content. Here's an allegory. You can't stab someone and defend yourself with “I only stabbed him a little bit.”
A name is a word or term utilized for identification. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal name identifies, not compulsorily uniquely, a categorical individual human. The designation of a concrete entity is sometimes called a felicitous name (albeit that term has a philosophical meaning additionally) and is, when consisting of only one word, a congruous entity. Other entities are sometimes called "mundane denominations" or (obsolete) "general denominations". A designation can be given to a person, place, or thing; for example, parents can give their child a denomination or scientist can give an element a designation.
A name is a word or term used for identification. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal name identifies, not necessarily uniquely, a specific individual human. The name of a specific entity is sometimes called a proper name (although that term has a philosophical meaning also) and is, when consisting of only one word, a proper noun. Other nouns are sometimes called "common names" or (obsolete) "general names". A name can be given to a person, place, or thing; for example, parents can give their child a name or scientist can give an element a name.
Is that OK what I did? I also used my text for the homepage.
A name is a word utilized for ID. Names can distinguish a class or classification of things, or a solitary thing, either remarkably, or inside of a given connection. An individual name distinguishes, not as a matter of course extraordinarily, a particular individual human. The name of a particular element is once in a while called an appropriate name (despite the fact that that term has a philosophical significance likewise) and is, when comprising of stand out word, a formal person, place or thing. Different things are once in a while called "normal names" or (outdated) "general names". A name can be given to a man, place, or thing; for instance, folks can give their kid a name or researcher can give a component a name.
OOh boy. Sorry, rewriting is not changing everyu other word in any sentence - especially since you use words that noone else uses. And most of the times don't even fit.
Rewriting text isn't supposed to happen at sentence level. It's at paragraph level, or even better, article level. I know because I totally did this for a living once. For three months, but still.
First, identify the as many of the Five Ws as applicable. Once you've narrowed that down, you've got to mold it into a draft. Once you've got a draft, go over it and remove everything that isn't necessary - either to improve readability or to weed out parts that aren't relevant to your purpose. Seriously, rewriting that bit of text there can be done in two or three lines.
What should I do know? I like to use the text from Wikipedia from now. That are only 2 pages with some text from Wikipedia. The "Name" and "Anglo-Saxon" pages are the only ones, I won't add more. Look I found a page on Wii Sports Wiki that has copied text from Wikipedia: http://wiisports.wikia.com/wiki/Wii_Sports
If that's allowed then I can also do it on at least 2 pages
The rest I'll do, OK? I want to finish this talking now.
Phillip, we're trying to make you understand that this is copyright infringement. It's a severe issue, a violation of the law, in more concise words. Again, as Tupka explains it, this is still derivative text, except that you use words that make no sense with the rest of the definition.
Well, you can copy from Wikipedia, as long as you credit them. That's okay. But it's better for your Search Engine Optimalization (SEO) if you have unique content. And synonym-swapping usually doesn't get picked up by search engines... and it's also very unpleasant to read.
If you're not interested in SEO, chances are noone's going to find you, noone's going to help you, and you're going to have to do all the work yourself.
Just some notes on your five pages large wiki:
I know you're not native or near-native, but "You also find very old names used for 100 years ago!" isn't English. Also, in terms of human history, 100 years isn't a very long time ago. Most of the names used then are still in used now.
If you just want a list of names, that's fine. But if you want to include meanings as well, you should at least mention it on your main page. No mention of "etymology", "meaning", or anything else that it's supposed to be an onomastic endeavor. That's necessary for SEO.
Also, that line I cited in the first point, as well as the "Cooper" article... they look unprofessional.
As for Anglo-Saxon - think of what I mentioned above about removing unnecessary information. Not just that... it's a huge pile of text with no paragraphs or sections. Even if you don't care about being found, you've got to care about being READ. That haphazard heap of words is not a pleasant read.
In addition to work, you've also have to have knowledge. Basic knowledge of onomastical terms and historical linguistics. Who the Anglo-Saxons were isn't really relevant to the onomastical side of things. Just that Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons, is in the Germanic language family. It's an Ingvaeonic language, if you want to be more precise. Only 2,5 of those still in use.
You can further categorize names by origin; for example, Cooper can go in a category for surnames used as first names, as well as names based on professions.
The key to building a big database is getting your work structured. For example, make a list of all the names starting with A you know, same for B, etc. In Excel, Access, or whatever program replaced them (I'm old). Alphabetize them, and then make articles on them. You can always expand the list later, it just gives you some meat at the start.
Determine what non-name articles you need (along the lines of Anglo-Saxon), and what priority they have.
Tupka is distributing the truth like a minigun distributes freedom; you'll take more time doing hundreds of unnecessary pages all by yourself so no one will help you, rather than making a couple of big, well-documented pages that will have everyone love, and help around your wiki.
If it's not at least for your wiki, at least take it like a professional experience. You can't be picky when you're looking for a job, and welfare doesn't work as good as it used to do.
Also I know it's been a few days I am on it but two accounts known as Vulture Droid and DSD1 Dwarf Spider Droid constantly inserts false information and vandalized pages such as adding that Commander Cody killed Grievous and Grievous is hero.
So, I've ask many users what this was and nobody seemed to know so... I figured you may know? I'm not saying you do or anything but there is something called Wikia's " Draconic " Policies. I first heard about this when I started editing at the Ultima Wiki on my message wall due to Wikia Users leaving because of it. I don't know if this would mean some medieval term they're using as something biased about it, but... if you do know, what would this policy qualify as or be known as? Thanks.