ANS 2013

American Name Society Annual Meeting

Boston Marriott Copley Place

Boston, Massachusetts

January 3 – 6, 2013


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Executive Committee Meeting

Room: Yarmouth

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM


Sister Societies Meet and Greet Reception

Room: Grand Ballroom Salon A

Time: 8:30 – 10:00 PM


Friday, January 4


Time Vineyard Room Yarmouth Room
8:30 Welcome and Opening RemarksChair:    Kemp Williams (IBM Corporation)
9:00 Names in Germany                          60Chair:    Kemp Williams (IBM Corporation)

9:00      Anja Bruhn (University of Potsdam /German Data Forum), Denis Huschka (German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)/Rhodes University/German Data Forum), Gert G. Wagner (Max Planck Institute for Human Development/German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)/ Berlin University of Technology /German Data Forum): The name letter effect: applying a psychological concept to naming habits; the case of Germany.


Names in Use                                                61Chair     Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University)


9:00      Karen Pennesi (University of Western Ontario): Reading and Righting the Names at a Graduation Ceremony


9:30      Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University): Dickensian eponyms


10:15 Personal Names                                62Chair:    Herbert Barry III (University of Pittsburgh)


10:15    Diane Dechief (University of Toronto): In the name of performance: the presentation of personal names shifted through immigration to Canada

10:45    Maryann Parada (University of Illinois at Chicago): Socio-onomastic perspectives of Spanish receptive bilinguals: Personal names as a linguistic resource

11:15    Herbert Barry III (University of Pittsburgh), Aylene S. Harper (Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Diversification of personal names continued from 2005 to 2010 for Whites but not Blacks

Socio-phonetic Aspects of Names               63Chair:    Brad Wilcox (Brigham Young University)

10:15    Daniel Friend (Brigham Young University): The Ashley Pattern: female appropriation of historically male names

11:15    Brad Wilcox (Brigham Young University), Wendy Baker Smemoe (Brigham Young University), Bruce Brown (Brigham Young University), Sky Rodio (Brigham Young University). Naming patterns in Tolkien’s invented languages: are there separate phonoprints?

11:45 Name of the YearChair:    Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University)
12:30 Lunch Break Personal / Literary Names Interest Group Lunches (place and leaders TBA)


Friday, January 4



Time Vineyard Room Yarmouth Room
2:00 Presidential AddressChair:  Iman Nick (University of Cologne)


Kemp Williams (IBM Corporation)

The Case for Analytical Name Scoring.


3:15 Names and Cultures                                    64Chair:    Michel Nguessan (Governor’s State University)


3:15      Sarah Bunin Benor (Hebrew Union College): When Harry and Sally became Chaim-Dov and Sara-Bracha: personal names among Orthodox Jews in America, 1940-2011

3:45      Lorelei Logsdon (East Carolina University) Trends in English transparent virtue names.

4:15      Covadonga Lamar Prieto (University of California Riverside). Bobbie, Deivy, Kate, or how hypocoristics are formalized in the Spanish of the US, according to the Diccionario de Americanismos (2010).



Naming Potpourri                            65Chair:    Christine De Vinne (Notre Dame of Maryland University)

3:15      Beth DiNatale Johnson (Ursuline College): Ohio’s colleges and universities: names, notions & nuances

3:45      Laura Heymann (College of William & Mary): A name I call myself: creativity and naming

4:15      Christine De Vinne (Notre Dame of Maryland University) Names in reviews, reviews in Names




5:30 – 6:30 p.m.          Words of the Year Vote (with American Dialect Society)

Room: Grand Ballroom Salons B/C/D


7:00-10:00 p.m.          Banquet:    5 Napkin Burger

105 Huntington Ave. (Prudential Center, across from conference hotel)


Saturday, January 5



Time Vineyard Room  Yarmouth Room
8:30 Cross-cultural Patterns in Naming           66Chair:    Iman Laversuch Nick (University of Cologne)

8:30      Tao Ma (Shanghai Sanda University): A comparative-corpus approach to patterns in the mapping and compounding process of body-part names in English and Chinese

9:00      Yi-An Jason Chen (San Jose State University): A study on Taiwanese international students and Taiwanese American students: the interface between naming and identity

9:30      Jhih-Jie Carey Dong (Taiwan Indigenous Teachers’ Association), Yi-An Jason Chen (San Jose State University): The traditional names of Paiwan: identity, hierarchy, and social stratum


Toponyms I                                        67Chair:    Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University)

9:00      Mirko Casagranda (University of Naples ‘L’orientale’): 101 hills turned into islands: renaming the Caniapiscau Reservoir

9:30      Ernest Lawrence Abel (Wayne State University): Toponymous disorders: city syndromes


10:15 Names and Science                          68Chair:    Priscilla Ord (McDaniel College)

10:15    Jonathan Silverman (UMass Lowell), Tom Henthorne (Pace University). The Big Bang, String Theory, and the God Particle:  Naming, Branding, and the Marketing of Science.

10:45    Priscilla Ord (McDaniel College). On the Origin of [the Name of the] Species: “Going Once, Going Twice, Sold to the Highest Bidder”


Toponyms II                                                  69Chair:    Edward Callary (Northern Illinois University)

10:15    Michael Falk (Independent scholar): The names of Nova Scotia’s coves

10:45    Edward Callary (Northern Illinois University): On Wisconsin – again


11:15 ANS Annual Business Meeting & Presentation of AwardsChair:    Kemp Williams (IBM Corporation)


12:30 Lunch Break Trade Names / Place Names Interest Group Lunches (place and leaders TBA)



Saturday, January 5



Time Vineyard Room  Yarmouth Room
2:00 Names and Brands                           70Chair:    Carol Lombard (University of the Free State)


2:00      Michael Adams (Indiana University): The American Blade: etymologies of a newspaper name

2:30      Xuehua Xiang (University of Illinois at Chicago). The domain names of Fortune-500 corporations in the US and China: A cross-linguistic study

3:00      Carol Lombard (University of the Free State). Lazy K’s, Hanging 7’s, Broken Hearts and Rafter H’s: the language and tradition of American cattle brands


Toponyms III                                     71Chair:    Dwan Lee Shipley (Western Washington University)

2:00      Marc-Alexandre Beaulieu (University of Leiden): A diachronic outlook of Cobo’s early Spanish toponymy in South America

2:30      Dwan Lee Shipley (Western Washington University): A cross-linguistic comparative analysis of the toponymy of Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany in France


3:45 Names in Africa                                72Chair:    Michael F. McGoff (Binghamton University)

3:45      Charles Pfukwa (Midlands State University). Jabulani kuphela*: J.R. Goddard and the power of the brand name

4:15      Idowu O. Odebode (Redeemer’s University): A socio-semantic study of twins’ names among the Yoruba Nigerians

4:45      Adebola Omolara Adebileje (Redeemer’s University): A socio-semantic analysis of nicknames used by Yoruba brides for in-laws


Names in Literature                                    73Chair:    Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University)

3:45      Gretchen Lutz (North American College): What’s in a name? Finding identity in James Welch’s Native American novel, Fools Crow

4:15      Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University): From Clara Wieland to Janice Meredith: the influence of literature on baby names in the 19th century United States

4:45      Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University): Fictional names masquerading as literary-historical monikers: onomastic simulacra in A. S. Byatt’s Possession



5:30 – 6:30 p.m.        Executive Committee Meeting:        Yarmouth Room