American Name Society Annual Meeting

The next meeting will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2-5 January 2020

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.

Registration is now open!

Steps to Register:

1. Join ANS or Renew ANS membership.
2. Register for the LSA Conference (starting September 1, 2019), If you are not an LSA member, you can register as a nonmember, and use the following coupon codes at checkout to reduce the nonmember rates to the member rates: SISTER2020REGULAR for nonstudent attendees and SISTER2020STUDENT for student attendees. If you are an LSA member, you cannot use the coupon codes.
3. Register for the ANS Conference at our website or by downloading a PDF and sending it by mail.

.LSA Registration Fees

Preregistration (through December 13)
Regular/Emeritus/Life $265
Student $86
Under-/Unemployed $90
Nonmember Regular $385
Nonmember Student $165

Late/Onsite (after December 13)
Regular/Emeritus/Life $335
Student $132
Under-/Unemployed $105
Nonmember Regular $485
Nonmember Student $202
One-day Rate:  $85

.ANS Registration Fees
Member – $20
Emeritus/Spouse/Guest/Student – $10


Hotel Information
ANS members may also take advantage of the hotel room rates negotiated by the LSA at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The special LSA room rates for the 2020 Annual Meeting at Single/Double: $139/night, Triple: $169/night; Quad: $199/night. Reservations will be available from September 1 through December 11, 2019 or until the LSA block of rooms has been filledUse this special LSA link to get the discounted rates.


ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

January 9-12th, 2020 in Seattle, WA

The American Name Society is inviting abstract proposals for a panel with the literary theme “Semantic relations and personal names.” Names have meanings. They bear specific semantic connotations that, albeit forgotten by their users, are exploited by authors to evoke subsequent layers of interpretation. Papers of this panel will explore this practice and investigate how meanings of names are employed and to what ends, with a focus either on specific authors or with a broader scope. Examples of themes that can be addressed may be semantics of names in literary theory, name choices due to semantic connotations, intertextual relations based on the meaning of names, etc.

For more information about MLA 2020, check out the official website.

Proposal submission process:

  1. Abstracts proposals of up to 400 words should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Dr. Andreas Gavrielatos (
  2. Proposals should include “MLA proposal” in the subject line of the email.
  3. All submissions must include an abstract title, the full name(s) of the author(s), the author affiliation, and email address in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract.
  4. DEADLINEProposals must be received by 5pm GMT on 31 March 2019. Authors will be notified about results of the blind review on or by 03 April 2019.
  5. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers.
  6. For further information, please contact Dr A. Gavrielatos (


Past ANS Conferences

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

Other Onomastic Conferences

For other onomastic conferences, click here.