An article in the Washington Post explores the debate surrounding the naming of heat waves, presenting evidence that reflects “a desire in Europe to start attaching names to extreme heat events — which are becoming so common that they sometimes blur together in people’s consciousness. But what naming system to use, which forecasts warrant names and who should make the calls are far from settled.”
Onomastics, the study of names and naming, has long proved popular with medievalists. This CfP seeks to explore the interaction between onomastics and the theme of this year’s conference – Crisis. We’re looking for 20-minute papers on the role of names and naming within the medieval period, from any geographical region. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Change in naming practices (or lack thereof) as a result of periods of social/cultural/economic change. This might look at philological change, change in distribution (by gender, race, socio-economic group etc.), change in the rituals of naming.
- The renaming of an individual, during their life or in their remembrance.
- The interaction between time, place names and the (built) environment.
- Crises within the discipline of medieval onomastics, new approaches in the study of onomastics, and the role of interdisciplinary thinking.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and a short biography including academic affiliation and contact details to the email address below. Deadline: 15th September 2023.
Though the battle with Taco Johns may be over, the war for the “Taco Tuesday” continues on in New Jersey. According to an Associated Press piece, Taco Johns has abandoned its claim to the “Taco Tuesday” trademark as rival Taco Bell challenges the smaller chain. Mead Gruver writes, “In a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Cheyenne-based Taco John’s gave up any further claim to “Taco Tuesday” in 49 states, ending a high-profile spat with Taco Bell. But the dispute looks to keep simmering on the Jersey Shore, where Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar in Somers Point promised to keep fighting Taco Bell over the exclusive right to hold “Taco Tuesday” promotions in New Jersey. “We’re hanging in there. We’re sticking by our guns,” Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar attorney Stephen Altamuro said.”
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his July 16th column, he discusses the name “Tyrone”.
Tyrone learns there’s more than one of him later this week.
“They Cloned Tyrone,” a science-fiction comedy spoofing 1970s “Blaxploitation” films, debuted June 14 at the American Black Film Festival. It premieres on Netflix July 21. John Boyega plays Tyrone Fontaine, a drug dealer fighting back after discovering he’s a clone created by a sinister government project.
Tyrone’s a county in Northern Ireland. It’s the English form of “Tir Eoghain (Eógan’s land),” bestowed by members of the O’Neill dynasty claiming descent from Eógan mac Néill when they conquered it in the 11th century.
In 1673, Charles II created Irish noble Richard Power (1630-1690) the 1st Earl of Tyrone. His cousins began naming sons “Tyrone,” pointing out their noble connection.
William Grattan Tyrone Power (1797-1841) was the only child of one such cousin, Tyrone Power of County Waterford. He became the actor and playwright Tyrone Power, known for bettering the image of the Irish in his roles. Power toured America four times.
Power’s great-grandson, director Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971), founded Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater. Power’s grandson Tyrone Power Sr. (1869-1931) moved to America as a teenager and became a star of stage and screen. It was Sr.’s Cincinnati-born son Tyrone Power (1914-1958) who became the most famous, being a major star from first film “Lloyd’s of London” (1936) to his last, “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957).
In the 19th century Tyrone was rare outside the Power family. The first American Tyrone, Tyrone Landrum, was a free Black head of household in Derry, Pennsylvania, in 1800. Four of the 12 Tyrones in the 1870 census were his descendants.
The census often designated the Landrums as “mulatto.” Many Landrums in America had immigrated from County Tyrone, which may explain the name.
Fifty-three Americans had the given name Tyrone in 1930; 714 in 1940; and 4,283 in 1950, showing its popularity was caused by movie star Power. What’s remarkable is that already in 1950, 67% of these Tyrones were Black.
The American Name Society is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. After considering an official proposal made on May 8, 2023, the ANS Executive Council voted to hold the 2024 Annual Conference online, as a 1-day event; the ANS expects to hold additional 1-day conferences during the remainder of 2024. Thus, the 2024 ANS conference will not be held in conjunction with the LSA meeting, which is still slated to be held in person, 4-7 January 2024 in New York City.
Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome: personal names, place names, business and institutional names, names theory, names in literature, among others.
Proposals require these elements:
- Title of proposed paper
- 250-word abstract
- Shorter 100-word abstract suitable for inclusion in conference program
- 50-word biography suitable for inclusion in conference program
To submit a proposal, complete the 2024 Author Information Form found here:
Email completed form to Dr. Michel Nguessan at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For organizational purposes, include this phrase in the subject line: ANS 2024 Proposal
The DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts is August 31, 2023.
All proposals will be subjected to blind review. Notification of proposal acceptances will be sent by September 30, 2023. Authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of ANS. Please contact Dr. Michel Nguessan at the above email address if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to receiving your submission!
Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Names, Naming, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Edited by I. M. Nick and Sharon N. Obasi
Recent years have seen a significant increase in public awareness of and sensitivity towards the diversity of individual and group identities where gender, sex, and sexuality are concerned. These developments have also been accompanied by the introduction of many new names for individuals and groups to label these developments. At the same time, in many places around the world, there has been a marked backlash against recognizing the complexity of identity where gender, sex, and sexuality-are concerned. These counter movements have also been marked by onomastic developments. The current call is for book chapters that specifically explore the interplay between names, naming, gender, sex, and sexuality. Possible subjects to be explore include, but are by no means limited to the following:
- Law and regulations governing the personal names of individuals by gender, sex, and sexuality
- Names for diverse individual and group identities (e.g., cis, trans, bi, LGBTQ+).
- Naming customs in cultures that recognize three or more genders
- National and international trends in gendered names and naming
- Naming, gender and artificial intelligence bots, virtual assistants, etc.
- Inferring gender based on phonology (phonoonomastics)
- Researching names and gender: perspectives on compliance and integrity
- Naming and gender policies in education
- Names and gender in advertising and health messaging
- Historical and/or cross-cultural investigations into (in)official names for gender and sex
Proposal Submission Process
- Abstract proposals (max. 500 words, excluding the title and references) should be sent as a PDF email attachment to Professor I. M. Nick (email@example.com)
- For organizational purposes, the proposals must include “Gender2023” in the subject line of the email
- All proposals must include an abstract, title, and a preliminary list of references;
- The full name(s) of the author(s); the author(’s’) affiliation(s) must appear in the body of the email. These details should NOT appear in the attached proposal.
- In the case of multi-authored submission, one person must be clearly designated as the primary contact
- The DEADLINE for proposal submissions is August 15, 2023. All proposals will be submitted to a double-blind review process. Authors will be notified about acceptance on or by September 15, 2023
- Final chapters (max 7,000 words, excluding abstracts and references) will be due April 15, 2024
For further information about this call, please feel free to contact Professor I. M. Nick (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to receiving your proposals!
LAST CALL! Abstracts are due 15 July 2023!
The editorial board of Onoma, journal of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences publishing in English, German, or French, seeks contributions to a themed volume (number 59 to appear in 2024) on the study of names in America (i.e., as they are used or applied in North, Central, or South America, or as they may be studied by scholars from those regions). The subject matter is open (i.e., place names, personal names, commercial names, or names in literature). Guidelines may be found on the Onoma website: https://onomajournal.org
Please send abstracts of about 250 words to the principal guest-editor, Grant Smith (email@example.com), and to the co-guest-editors, Yolanda Guillermina López Franco (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Márcia Sipavicius Seide (email@example.com). Abstracts must be received by July 15, 2023, recommendations or acceptance will be sent by August 1, 2023, and final drafts must be completed by February 11, 2024.
Call for Book Chapter Proposals
LAST CALL: ONE WEEK REMAINING
Chosen, Bestowed, Acquired, Assigned: Names and Naming in Youth Literature
Edited by I. M. Nick and Anne W. Anderson
Just as names are among the first and most basic means by which we order and make sense of our world, so too do names in works of literature help readers order and make sense of created worlds. Moreover, names in literature often connote more than they denote. This edited collection will consider how names, depictions of naming practices, and explorations of name theory in youth literature can enrich our understanding of created worlds and, by implication, of our real world. For the purposes of this collection, we draw on the Children’s Literature Association’s conception of literature as “books, films, and other media created for, or adopted by, children and young adults around the world, past, present, and future” (https://www.childlitassn.org).
Chapters proposed for this volume might address names, naming, and name theory in youth literature of any media and/or modality, from any perspective, and using the analytical tools of any discipline. From the names of places, people, animals, and plants to the monikers of fairies and goblins, cyborgs and droids, any type of name from any time period or from any language is welcome. Please see the American Name Society’s glossary of naming terminology (https://www.americannamesociety.org/names/). The primary works examined may be fiction or non-fiction. The only subject-matter stipulation for submission is that the primary intended reading audience of the piece(s) of literature investigated must be youth (i.e., children, adolescents, and/or early adults).
The following is a partial list of possible topics, but we also welcome being surprised by other pertinent suggestions.
- Names as chosen, bestowed, acquired, assigned, or self-selected
- Naming practices, rites, rituals, and regulations and their implications
- Literary devices or linguistic mechanisms used in creating names and their implications
- Questions of unnaming and renaming of people, places, and things
- Questions of names and identity, self-hood, and socio-cultural connection
- Names as constructions of normal vs. abnormal, good vs. evil, acceptable vs. anathema
- Theoretical frameworks for analyzing names in youth literature and media
- Challenges and strategies for translating names
- Names of the non-human, inhuman, mechanical, and systemic and their implications
- Names in galaxies far, far away and in subatomic systems
- Names as markers of political, ideological, historical controversies
- Nonsensical names and/or memetic names and their implications
Proposal Submission Process
- Abstract proposals (max. 500 words, excluding the title and references) should be sent as a PDF email attachment to Dr. Anne W. Anderson (YouthLit2023@gmail.com).
- For organizational purposes, the proposals must include “YOUTHLIT2023” in the subject line of the email.
- All proposals must include an abstract, a title, and a preliminary list of references.
- The full name(s) of the author(s) and the author(’s’) affiliation(s) must appear in the body of the email. These details should NOT appear in the attached proposal.
- In the case of multi-authored submissions, one person must be clearly identified as the primary contact.
- The DEADLINE for proposal submissions is July 15, 2023. All proposals will be submitted to a double-blind review process. Authors will be notified about acceptance on or before September 15, 2023.
- Final chapters (max. 7,000 words, excluding abstracts and references) will be due March 15, 2024.
On Tuesday the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques released data revealing the top baby names in France in the year 2022.
Noah, number 6 on France’s list, made the number 2 spot in the United States. Likewise, Lucas appears as #10 in France and #7 in the United States with the variant Luca as #10. France’s #5 Emma appears in the #3 spot in the United States.
Read more from the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques here [in French] or a brief video report from HugoDecrypte on YouTube. Also, check out Dr. Cleveland Evans’ piece on the top baby names in the United States for 2022.