The Journal


NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics is one of the world’s leading scholarly journals devoted to the study of onomastics. Since the first issue in 1952, this scientific quarterly has published cutting-edge, original articles, notes, and book reviews that investigate the derivation, function, and impact of names and naming.

In 2021, the online content of NAMES moved to its new home at the University of Pittsbugh, as an Open Access journal. This means that online access to every issue of NAMES will be free to everyone! We are excited about sharing our work freely with scholars around the world. The print journal will continue to be published four times a year for those members who wish to receive it.

View the complete list of the editors of NAMES.

Indices to Past Volumes

Click here for NAMES Index Volume1 to 15

Click here for NAMES Index Volume 16 to 30

Click here for NAMES Index Volume 31 to 45 by SUBJECT or NAMES Index Volume 31 to 45 by AUTHOR

Other publications

We continually strive to make past ANS publications available to our members. You can download PDFs of the following papers:

Ernest Pulgram, Theory of Names (1954)

Submitting a Manuscript to the Journal

To submit a manuscript, please visit the new website of NAMES and review the Submission Checklist.

All manuscripts submitted for possible publication will be subjected to double-blind review by an international team of name scholars from the ANS Editorial Board. All manuscripts submitted to NAMES must adhere to the NAMES Style Sheet. This Style Sheet is based on the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS).  All submissions to NAMES must follow the Author-Date System of the CMOS. In addition, authors are requested to review the Manuscript Guidelines. Submissions that violate these guidelines will be rejected automatically. Before you submit your manuscript, please be sure to consult the Author Checklist to make sure that you have met all of the publication requirements.  Authors may ask questions about the journal by contacting the NAMES Editor-in-Chief, Dr. I. M. Nick, via the following email address <>.

Writing or Soliciting a Book Review

Each issue of NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics includes critical reviews about some of the newest scholarly publications appearing on the market about names and naming. If you’d like to write a book review or suggest a book for review, please contact Dr. Chris De Vinne at cdevinne[@]

Best Article of the Year Award

Each year, the Society issues an award for the best article published in NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. All articles published in the journal are automatically considered for the award. Winners authors are selected based on the overall significance of the article as well as the potential contribution the article to the study of onomastics. Awardees are selected by members of the Editorial Board. Recipients of the award are given a prize, a commemorative plaque, and our profiled on the websites of the ANS and Taylor & Francis. In addition, press releases about the winners are sent to the international media. You can view past Award Winners.

Subscribing to NAMES

All members of the Society automatically receive a subscription to NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. To join the ANS, please click here to access the ordering page. Payment will be processed through PayPal, using your PayPal account or a credit card. There are two major types of subscription:

Individual Subscriptions

The journal is published four times a year and may be purchased either as an online or hard copy version. Reduced subscription rates for print copies are available for retirees and students. For verification purposes, proof of student status may be requested. Individual or “personal” subscriptions are strictly for private, non-commercial use. Personal subscriptions may be purchased with a personal check, debit card, or credit card. Each individual subscriber to NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics automatically becomes a member of the American Name Society.

Institutional Subscriptions

Institutional prices are available for non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Institutional subscriptions allow affiliated persons to become members of the American Name Society as a group.

lease refer to the FAQ before submitting an article.

Need help?

Our goal is to make the process as painless as possible – but we know that problems do occur. If you encounter any difficulties registering your membership, accessing online material, updating your account, etc., please contact us at info[@] Our goal is to make the process as painless as possible – but we know that problems do occur. We will do our best to expedite your membership request!