The American Name Society presents two conferences per year for name scholars, enthusiasts and linguists.

American Name Society Annual Meeting

January 4-7th, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT

In conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America, the ANS meets once a year for paper presentations, panel discussions, and general camaraderie over food and drinks.

July 31, 2017 – Call for Papers deadlineLSAlogocmyk (1)
August 30, 2017 – Notification of acceptance
September 30, 2017 – Registration opens
The ANS is inviting abstract submissions for the 2018 annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome. To submit a proposal, simply complete the ANS 2018 Author Information Sheet.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is July 31, 2017.

Please email this completed ANS 2018 Author Information Sheet to Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins [].

For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS 2018” in the subject line of your email.

Presenters who may need additional time to secure international payments and travel visas to the United States are urged to submit their proposal as soon as possible.

All proposals will be subjected to blind review. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of the ANS and need to register with both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America. Please feel free to contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins should you have any questions or concerns.


ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

January 4-7th, 2018 in New York, NY

Conference Information

The American Name Society will be holding a special panel under the theme of “Names and Multilingualism.” Multilingual and multicultural communities have been developed since the ancient world. The linguistic and cultural contacts within these communities have attracted the interest of a broad range of disciplines, where in some cases different strands have emerged.

The panel will include the following three papers:

  1. Multilingual naming and the Catholicity of Saints Presentation by Christine De Vinne at Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
  2. Multilingual place names in Southern Africa by Lucie Möller at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (SOUTH AFRICA)
  3. Name usage in a globalized world: The case of “newcomers” in Japan Lilian Terumi Hatano at Kinki University (JAPAN)

Names and Multilingualism Information provides paper abstracts and speaker bios.

Past ANS Conferences

For programs from past American Name Society conferences, click here.

Other Onomastic Conferences

For other onomastic conferences, click here.