on·o·mas·tics (ŏn′ə-măs′ tĭks) singular noun [French onomastique, from Greek onomastikos, to name, from onoma, name]: the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.
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Conference Information

The ANS is inviting abstract submissions for the 2017 annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America from January 5-8th, 2017 in Austin, TX. Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is June 30, 2016. [read more]

About the ANS

The American Name Society was founded in 1951 to promote onomastics, the study of names and naming practices, both in the United States and abroad. It is a non-profit organization that seeks to find out what really is in a name, and to investigate cultural insights, settlement history, and linguistic characteristics revealed in names. [read more]

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Focusing on the understanding of names in all forms, the Society provides members with several vehicles for the discussion and publication of onomastic theory, views and concepts: our annual meeting in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America, regional meetings, and a subscription to NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. [read more]

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Call for Papers: ANS Conference Special Panel on Onomastics Beyond Academia

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The ANS is inviting abstract submissions for a special panel on “Onomastics Beyond Academia” for the 2017 annual conference to… read more

American Name Society Spring Newsletter

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The American Name Society is pleased to share the ANS 2016 Spring Newsletter. Please consider becoming a member to receive… read more