ANS 2023


The American Name Society Annual Meeting for 2023 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.

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.

The Book of Abstracts is now available as a PDF!


.Friday, January 20, 2023


Conference Opening Address

12:00-12:30 PM Laurel Sutton (Catchword Branding, USA), Welcome and Opening Remarks

CHAIR: Laurel Sutton, Catchword Branding

12:30 PM Grasilda Blažienė (Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania): The Interactive Map of East Prussia: Is the Harmony of Science and Popular

1:00 PM Přemysl Mácha (Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic): A Continuation of Politics by Other Means – Toponymic Wars in Czechia in the Aftermath of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

1:30 PM Michel Nguessan (Governors State University, USA): The Semantics and Politics of Placenames in the Western Regions of Côte-d’Ivoire

2:00 PM Grant Smith (Eastern Washington University, USA): Names and Sources in Cymbeline

2:30 PM Evangeline Nwokah (Our Lady of the Lake University, USA): A comparison of the anthropomorphic naming of miniature animal characters for American and non-American markets

3:00 PM Break

CHAIR: Wang Feng (Yangtze University, P.R. China)

3:30 PM Diane Allen West (University of the West Indies, Jamaica): A Venus by Every Other Name: Black Bodies in Poetry, Art and Akan – WITHDRAWN DUE TO ILLNESS

4:00 PM Jong-mi Kim (Kangwon National University, Korea) and Sharon Obasi (University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA): Phono-onomastics of Gendered Names: Similarities and Dissimilarities in Bangladesh, Korea, Britain, and the US

4:30 PM Tianyi Ni (Ohio State University, USA): The morphological structure of Myanmar place names in Burmese – WITHDRAWN DUE TO ILLNESS

5:00 PM Anna Tsepkova (Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Russia): Cross-Cultural Universals and Differences in American and Russian Nicknaming Patterns

5: 30 Genevieve Leung, Corina Mong, and Ellie Ho (University of San Francisco, USA): Unearthing the History of the Headstones: The Lost Names of Montana’s Early Chinese Americans



Saturday, January 21, 2023

CHAIR: Sara Louise Wheeler (Glyndŵr University, Wales)

6:00 AM Sanda Rapa (Latvian Language Institute of the University of Latvia, Latvia): Place Names of War

6:30 AM Henryk Duszyński-Karabasz (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland): The Given Names of the Faithful of the Orthodox parishes in East Kuyavia and Dobrzyń Land in the Second Half of the 19th – early 20th Century

7:00 AM ANS Committees Meeting

CHAIR: Luisa Caiazzo (University of Basilicata, Italy)

7:30 AM Jiehai Liu and Xing Zhao (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology/Leiden University, Netherlands): Dragon Street and Tiger Market: Digital Mapping of Special Ethnic Minority Toponyms in Southwest China

8:00 AM Mirko Casagranda (Università della Calabria, Italy): From Madonna to Madame X: Naming and the Discursive Construction of Identity in Pop Culture

8:30 AM Jane Pilcher (Nottingham Trent University, UK): Say My Name (right): University students’ experiences of the pronunciation of their names

9:00 AM Hasiyatu Abubakari and Samuel Alhassan Issah (University of Ghana, Ghana): Metaphorical personal names in Mabia languages of Ghana

9:30 AM Break

CHAIR: Brandon J. Simonson (Boston University, MA, USA)

10:00 AM Justyna B. Walkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland): Topohodonyms: what are they, why study them, and how to?

10:30 AM Ammara Bekkouche (Independent Researcher, Algeria): The Algerian-Moroccan border post: one place, two discordant denominations – WITHDRAWN

11:00 AM Dr. I.M. Nick, Editor-in-Chief of NAMES: A Guide to Submitting to NAMES

CHAIR: Star Medzerian Vanguri (Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA)

11:30 AM Hasiyatu Abubakari, Samuel Akugri Asitanga, and Lawrence Sandow (University of Ghana, Ghana): Names of seasons and their corresponding climatic conditions among the Kusaas of Ghana

12:00 PM Osward Chanda Penda and Yvonne Malambo Kabombwe (University of Zambia, Zambia): Teaching Names in School History: A Decolonial Possibility for the Zambian Society

12:30 Mostafa Younesie (Independent Scholar, USA): Question of “Proper Name” in Philo De Mutatione Nominum

1:00 PM Ernesto Cuba (City University of New York, USA): “Why [insert name]?” Renaming strategies in a community of transgender women of the city of Lima, Peru

1:30 PM ANS Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation


Sunday, January 22, 2023

CHAIR: Mirko Casagranda (University of Calabria, Italy)

7:30 AM Mary Ann Walter (Middle East Technical University, Turkey): Darleen and Darnisha: Race, Gender and Phonological Patterns in American Given Names

8:00 AM Martijn Knapen (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History,  Germany): Nivkh toponyms and anthroponyms recorded during and following Qing surveys of Sakhalin Island

8:30 AM Alexander Volk (Stockholm University/Uppsala University, Sweden): Stockholm Police Nicknames for Homosexuals in 1883

9:00 AM Vincent Jenjekwa (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe): Where is Mbuya Nehanda?: Commemorative toponymy and gender in independent Zimbabwe – WITHDRAWN

9:30 AM Darius Ivoška (The Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Research Centre of the Baltic Languages and Onomastics, Lithuania): The social state of women and their naming in Prussia based on the documents of the German Order of 14th – 16th centuries

CHAIR: Sharon Obasi (University of Nebraska at Kearney, NA, USA)

10:00 AM Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University, The Netherlands): On the diffusion of popular international given names in Western countries

10:30 AM Mejshree Auckle (University of Mauritius, Mauritius) and Farzeen Heesambee (University of Derby, UK): Legacies of Slavery: A Diachronic Perspective to Derogatory Name-calling in Mauritius

11:00 AM Linda Mëniku (University of Tirana, Albania): Personal names and socio-political changes-a study of naming trends in the capital of Albania, Tirana (1907-2017)

11:30 AM Samuel Akwasi Konney and Enoch Mensah Awukuvi (Enchi College of Education, Ghana): A Morphosemantic Analysis of the Mo/Deg Ethnonyms

CHAIR: Christine De Vinne (Ursuline College, OH, USA)

12:00 PM Elia Rodríguez López (University of Salamanca, Spain): Kim Chunsu’s Poetic Toponymy of the Soul: Names as a Symbolic Depiction of Lived Space in Korean Contemporary Poetry

12:30 PM Ayokunmi Ojebode (University of Nottingham): Names as Cultural and Historical Artefact: Black Materiality and Storytelling in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther

1:00 PM Tristan Alphey (St Cross College at the University of Oxford, UK): What Knew King Alfred of Baseball? Nicknames as Artefacts

1:30 PM David Wade (Wade Research Foundation, USA): Names as A Source of Novel Peptides

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