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]

Recent News

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Name of the Year

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The American Name Society requests nominations for the “Names of the Year for 2016”. The names selected will be ones… read more

Preliminary Schedule for the ANS Conference in Austin, TX

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The American Name Society is excited to share the 2017 Conference Schedule for the upcoming annual conference in Austin, TX,… read more