ANS 2011

American Name Society

2011 Annual Meeting

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

January 6 – 9, 2011

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Fort Pitt


Thursday, 6 January

Linguistics and Naming

Chair: Herbert Barry III (University of Pittsburgh)

4:45 Lynn Burley (University of Central Arkansas): Fred and Ginger, Mary and Joseph, and Bill and Hillary: Who comes first in a name pair?

5:15 Herbert Barry III (University of Pittsburgh), Aylene S. Harper (Community College of Allegheny County): National differences in prediction of sex from final letter of first names


Chair: Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University)

6:00 Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University): Condom nation: The literary heritage of early condom branding in America

6:30 Alice Crosetto (University of Toledo), Thomas A. Atwood (University of Toledo): Naming academic libraries: Is institutional identity obscuring the generous benefactors and illustrious educators of old?

7:00 Livingstone Makondo (North West University, South Africa): Commuter operators’ names: An advertising gimmick


Friday 7 January

ANS Special Panel: Onomastics and War

Chair: Iman Makeba Laversuch (University of Cologne)

8:15 Sinfree B. Makoni (Penn State University): Linguistic theories of naming in Zimbabwe: Structuralism and integrationism

8:30 Nollaig Ó Muraíle (National University of Ireland): War and weapons in Irish toponymy

8:45 Questions

9:00 Break

9:15 Christian Todenhagen (California State University, Chico)How Germantown became Artois: A micro case study on the effect of WWI on the naming of a US American town

9:30 Denis Huschka (German Institute for Economic Research), Anja Bruhn (German Institute for Economic Research), Gert G. Wagner (German Institute for Economic Research): The Influence of World War II and Cold War on personal naming patterns in Germany

9:45 Iman Makeba Laversuch (University of Cologne): A Question of Faith: The Battle Over US Census Nomenclature for Muslim American Residents After the Second Gulf War

10:00 Questions


Chair: Dwan Lee Shipley (Western Washington University)

10:30 André Lapierre (University of Ottawa): Not children of a lesser god: The status of alternate names in Ontario

11:00 Peter E. Raper (University of the Free State, South Africa): San (Bushman) influence on Zulu place names

11:30 Lisa Radding (Ethnic Technologies LLC), John Western (Syracuse University): What’s in a name: Linguistics, geography, and toponyms

12:00 Dwan Lee Shipley (Western Washington University): A comparative toponymic and linguistic analysis of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings with place names in the British Isles

 2:00 – 3:00 PM Presidential Address

Chair: Donna L. Lillian (Appalachian State University)

Priscilla A. Ord (McDaniel College): Rural Roads as Relics of Local History: The Mills of Carroll County, Maryland

3:15 – 4:00 PM Name of the Year Discussion and Balloting

Moderator: Cleveland K. Evans (Bellevue University)

 Sociocultural Factors in Naming Children

Chair: Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University)

4:00 Giancarla Unser-Schutz (Hitotsubashi University, Japan): Manipulating readings: New trends in the structural patterns of Japanese baby names

4:30 Idowu Odebode (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria): A socio-semantic study of twins’ names among the Yoruba Nigerians

5:00 Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University): Names below 1000: A preliminary investigation of the new data on American given names available from the Social Security Administration


Saturday, January 8

Literary Onomastics                                                                              

Chair: Christine De Vinne (College of Notre Dame of Maryland)

8:00 Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University): Imperial names for “Practical Cats”: Establishing a distinctly British pride in T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

8:30 Brad Wilcox (Brigham Young University), Sharon Black (Brigham Young University): Four authors of fiction for children and young adults speak about naming characters

9:00 Ashlee L. Bell (West Monroe High School, West Monroe, Louisiana): Noms de gloom: The Prophetic and damning effects of character names in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield

9:30 Christine De Vinne (College of Notre Dame of Maryland): The problem of Doris Lessing’s Ben: What to name the unnamable in The Fifth Child and Ben, in the World

Names in Science and NAMES

Chair: Michael McGoff (State University of New York at Binghamton)

10:15 Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University): The names in NAMES

10:45 David Wade (Wade Research Foundation): Searching for Amelia Earhart at the molecular level

Political Dimensions of Naming

Chair: Karen Duchaj (Northeastern Illinois University)

2:00 Nataliya Semchynska Uhl (Purdue University): Political Influences on the Transformations of Transliterated Ukrainian Names

2:30 Bayram Unal (Binghamton University), Mehmet Ekiz (Nigde University, Turkey): Naming politics and the political interests in everyday life: The case of Nigde, Turkey

3:00 Karen A. Duchaj (Northeastern Illinois University), Jeanine Ntihirageza (Northeastern Illinois University): The structure and function of direct address by name in two-party conversation, as exemplified in political interviews

Multicultural Personal Names

Chair: Myleah Y. Kerns (East Carolina University)

3:45 Pongsak Rattanawong (Chiang Mai University, Thailand): Lisu nicknames

4:15 Genevieve Leung (University of Pennsylvania): Disambiguating the term “Chinese”: An analysis of Chinese American naming practices

4:45 Miranda McCarvel (University of Utah), Ryan Denzer-King (Rutgers University): Morphological analysis of Blackfoot personal names

5:15 Adebola Adebileje (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria): A Socio-semantic study of in-laws’ nicknames used by Yoruba new brides

5:45 Myleah Y. Kerns (East Carolina University): An analysis of the social and cultural dynamics of women’s alternative name choices