American Name Society Annual Meeting

January 21-23, 2022 held Online

Registration is now open for the 2022 ANS Conference! The ANS conference will take place online, on Zoom, from January 21-23, 2022. The conference is being held online due to concerns about COVID-19 and to include as many members as possible who are not able to travel to the US.

Our conference will include a variety of papers from ANS members all over the world, in addition to reports on the past year’s activities of the ANS, and the Name of the Year vote. The conference will be recorded and will be available online after the conference has concluded.

You can register online here, or download a PDF of the Conference Registration Form and mail it to ANS Treasurer Saundra Wright, as per the instructions on the form.

The schedule will be available as soon as possible.



ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

January 6-9, 2022 in Washington, DC

Literary Onomastics: Theory and Practice

Literary onomastics is a burgeoning subject, still in the process of establishing its status, with very few book-length studies examining the discipline in detail. Notable 21st-century examples include Leonard Ashley’s Names in Literature (2003), Alastair Fowler’s Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature (2012), and Martyna Gibka’s Literary Onomastics: A Theory (2019). Champions of the discipline often argue that it provides an additional lens that complements extant approaches to the language of literature, rather than making any claims for general theories of literary names and naming. Papers accepted for this panel will explore literary onomastics in theory and practice. Examples of themes that can be addressed include literary names and stylistics; literary onomastics and literary theory; literary names and social or cultural theory; socio-onomastics and literature.

For more information about MLA 2022, check out the official website.

Proposal submission process:

  1. Abstracts proposals (350 words) should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Dr Maggie Scott (
  2. Proposals should include “MLA 2022 proposal” in the subject line of the email
  3. All submissions must include an abstract, title, full name(s) of the author(s), the author(s) affiliation(s), and email address(s) in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract
  4. DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 8pm GMT on 29 March 2021. Authors will be notified about the results of the blind review on or by 5 April 2021
  5. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers, and members of MLA by 7 April 2021
  6. For further information, please contact Dr Maggie Scott (

A downloadable version of the Call for Papers can be found here.


Past ANS Conferences

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

Other Onomastic Conferences

For other onomastic conferences, click here.