Registration opens for the 2017 ANS Conference, Austin, TX, January 5-8, 2017

American Name SocietyRegistration is now open for the 2017 ANS Conference in Austin, TX. The ANS conference will take place in conjunction with the Linguistics Society of American (LSA) Conference from January 5-8, 2017.

To register, you must join the ANS or renew your ANS membership.

Note that to renew your ANS membership, you will be redirected to the Taylor & Francis website where you will need to enter information from your renewal notice.

Once your membership is up to date, please fill out the ANS 2017 Conference Registration Form and send the form, along with payment, to ANS Treasurer Michael McGoff, as per the instructions on the form.

For more information about the ANS Conference and the LSA Conference, including rate and hotel information, please visit our Conference Page.

2017 Slate of Nominees for ANS Officers

The American Name Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Slate of Nominees for open ANS Officer positions. During the ANS annual meeting in Austin Texas in January, the Slate of Nominees will be formally presented to the ANS membership for the election process.


Member-at-large: Jason Chen

jasonchenJason Chen is a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Florida. His current research focuses on language attitudes, accent perceptions, personal names, and East Asian cultures. He received his BA in English Language and Literature at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan (2008) and his MA in Linguistics from San José State University, CA (2012). During his graduate studies at San José State University, he served as the Web Master for the Linguistic Department and is therefore highly computer literate. He was awarded Outstanding Student in Linguistics at San José State University, CA in 2012. Three areas of ANS committee work that particularly interest him are streamlining the abstract review process, the ANS-ESA, and the ANS internet profile.


Information Officer: Laurel Sutton

laurel2Laurel Sutton is the founder and CEO of Catchword branding, an onomastic firm that develops product and company names for enterprises ranging from Fortune 100 to VC-backed Silicon Valley start-ups. She became a namer while in the PhD Linguistics program at UC Berkeley. She helps to run the LSA’s Special Interest Group, Linguistics Beyond Academia. She is computer literate and very familiar with WordPress, HTML, and social media platforms. An active member of the ANS, she has published her onomastic research in NAMES, presented at ANS conferences, and has co-organized a special panel, “Onomastics Beyond Academia”, with ANS President Nick. Her stated goals include improving the ANS website, expanding its communications capacities, and helping the ANS strengthen its presence on modern social media.


Announcing “Problems of Onomastics” Volume 13, Issue 1

7378043162_87a3179d6d_mThe Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences has just announced that volume 13, Issue 1 of the academic journal, “Problems of Onomastics” (aka Voprosy onomastiki) has just been released. Covering a broad cross-section of onomastic topics, this latest volume contains English-language articles on anthroponyms of Arabic origin in Bashkir ‘Shejere’, commercial names and naming, and naming trends in contemporary Turkey.

David Almond Fellowships Call for Applications

14708411010_231a3515a6_mThe School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (UK’s Newcastle University) in conjunction with the National Centre for Children’s Books is now accepting applications for this year’s David Almond Fellowships. The purpose of the award is to offer support to researchers interested in using the archival collection of the National Centre for Children’s books. This Collection contains material from over 250 British children’s authors and illustrators from 1930 to today. The final date for applications for this prestigious award is the 1st of December 2016.

Jeff Bezos names big next rocket New Glenn

8515614154_3977377975_mJeff Bezos, the Founder, Chair, and CEO of, has announced the name of his latest venture. “The New Glenn” is a rocket-powered vehicle being designed to launch satellites and people into the great unknown from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket was named after John Glenn, the first US American to orbit the big blue planet. If all goes according to plan, the first launch will take place before 2020.