ANS 2022 Annual Conference


The American Name Society Annual Meeting for 2022 will be held online using the Zoom platform. It is accessible via Mac or PC. The meeting will require a passcode, which will be sent via email to all registrants and presenters by January 18th.

The book of abstracts is now available as a PDF!

We have been working hard to set up a schedule that will work globally, and this means that some presenters will be scheduled at times outside of normal working hours. The schedule below is subject to change depending on speaker availability.


.Friday, January 21, 2022


Conference Opening Address

1:00-1:30 PM Laurel Sutton (Catchword Branding), Welcome and Opening Remarks

CHAIR: Laurel Sutton, Catchword Branding

1:30 PM Heiko Motschenbacher (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Norway): Corpus Linguistics in Onomastics – Winner, ANS Best Article of the Year for 2020

2:00 PM Grant Smith (Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, USA): The significance of Shakespeare’s name coinages

2:30 PM Evangeline Nwokah and Stefanie Becerril (Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX, USA): Anthropomorphic Proper Names for Animals in Children’s Literature

CHAIR: Wang Feng, School of Foreign Studies, Yangtze University

3:00 PM Anna Bax (California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA): Linguistic differentiation and language naming practices in the California Mixtec diaspora

3:30 PM Jong-mi Kim (Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea) and Sharon Obasi (University of Nebraska at Kearney, NW, USA): Phonological Trends of Gendered Names in Korean and English

4:00 PM Maryann Parada (California State University Bakersfield, CA, USA): The x in México: Stylization for storytelling in solidarity and tourism efforts

4:30 PM Dan Zhao (Hunan Normal University, Hunan, China): What’s in a Food Name? A Quantitative Comparison of Food Names in China and America

5:00 PM Anna Tsepkova (Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Novosibirsk, Russia): Semiotics of Generic Titles in Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole Diary Series



Saturday, January 22, 2022


CHAIR: Mirko Casagranda, University of Calabria

6:00 AM Smita Joseph (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad): A Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Names of Three Indian Christian Communities: The Case of Telugu Catholics, Kerala Syrian Christians and Anglo-Indians of Hyderabad

[6:30 AM Wojciech Wloskowicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland): United States in the Poland’s toponymic landscape as a manifestation of naming policies – CANCELLED]

7:00 AM ANS Anniversary Celebration

7:30 AM Veronika Robustova (Lomonosov Moscow State University): Proper Names as Codes of Culture

[8:00 AM Ana-Maria Gînsac and Mihaela Mocanu (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, Romania): The Grammatical Gender of First Names in Contemporary Romanian: A Socio-Linguistic Analysis – CANCELLED]

8:30 AM Emilia Di Martino (Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli, Italy): Competing Indexicalities: Transmodal Stylizations of Chav Features

9:00 AM Luisa Caiazzo (University of Basilicata, Italy): Toponyms as ‘Characters’ in Minor Detail by Adania Shibli

9:30 AM Break

CHAIR: Luisa Caiazzo, University of Basilicata

10:00 AM Magdalena Maria Kubas (University of Turin, Italy): Calling Holy Names. Dante’s Invocations to the Holy Virgin and Beatrice

10:30 AM Charlène Cruxent (University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli, France): Renaissance “Nursenames” and “Pretty names”: the sweet and sour role of terms of endearment in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale

11:00 AM Dr. Iman Nick, Editor-in-Chief of NAMES: The state of the journal and the future of NAMES

CHAIR: Cleve Evans, Bellevue University

11:30 AM Idowu Odebode and Adesewa Odesanya (Redeemer’s University, Nigeria): Nicknames of Prominent Footballers in Nigeria: A Socio-semantic Study

12:00 PM Rebekah Ingram and Kahente Horn-Miller (Carleton University, Ontario, Canada): Preserving and Revitalizing Kanyen’kéha Place Names Through Digital Mapping

12:30 Alessia Battista (Università di Napoli ‘Parthenope,’ Italy): Stone Butch Blues: A linguistic negotiation of butch identity

1:00 PM Christine De Vinne (Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio, USA): Granny Smith and Johnny Appleseed: Proper Names and the Common Apple

1:30 PM ANS Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation


Sunday, January 23, 2022


CHAIR: Christine De Vinne, Ursuline College

10:00 AM Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University, The Netherlands): Given names in three generations of Turkish migrants in the Netherlands

10:30 AM Jirayu Tharincharoen (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany): Discourse-pragmatic functions of demonstrative articles with personal names in German

11:00 AM Richard Winters (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, USA): The Geography of Gallicization: Three Spanish Surnames in Louisiana

11:30 AM Katrine Kehlet Bechsgaard (University of California, Berkeley): What do name choices say about families? Surnames, family practices, and identity formation

CHAIR: Star Vanguri, Nova Southeastern University

12:00 PM Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg (Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Canter of Seattle, WA, USA): What Is in the Name of a Bulgarian Children Ensemble in North America?

12:30 PM Ayokunmi Ojebode (University of Nottingham): Hail Mother! Womanbeing, Womanself and Yoruba Indigenous Feminist Names in Ahmed Yerima’s Pegunrun

1:00 PM Tristan Alphey (St Cross College at the University of Oxford, UK): Nicknames of ‘disability’ in early medieval England

1:30 PM Brandon Simonson, (Boston University, Boston, MA, USA): Divine Names and Intercultural Melding in the Imperial Aramaic Text Corpus

2:00 PM Names of the Year Selection, chaired by Deborah Walker