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Create Realistic Exercise Files with Fake Names

Tue, February 01, 2011 9:11 AM | Ranelle Maltas (Administrator)
There are many times when teaching, I need a big list of fake information. It could be names, dates, addresses or whatever. It doesn’t have to mean anything, but I don’t want to take hours just to type a whole bunch of fake data that looks fake. I need it to look real and act like real data. Sometimes it’s for spreadsheet training, database testing, mail merge training (you get the idea).

Lucky for me, I found a website that will do it all for me. And customized, too! Check out FakeNameGenerator.com. The first page will give you just one record, but if you click on the Order in Bulk link at the top, you can order up to 50,000 records with the information you request (from a predefined list). You can choose from which country, approximate age groups, and gender.

For me, the .csv (comma separated value) format works best as it can easily import into most programs I use. But, there is a good variety of options for you to chose from. And best of all, it’s FREE! Oh yea, uh-huh, do the “happy me” dance.
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