The Journal


NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics is one of the world’s leading scholarly journals devoted to the study of onomastics. Since the first issue in 1952, this scientific quarterly has published cutting-edge, original articles, notes, and book reviews that investigate the derivation, function, and impact of names and naming.

View past issues and selected content.

View the complete list of the editors of NAMES.

Indices to Past Volumes

Click here for NAMES Index Volume1 to 15

Click here for NAMES Index Volume 16 to 30

Click here for NAMES Index Volume 31 to 45 by SUBJECT or NAMES Index Volume 31 to 45 by AUTHOR

Submitting a Manuscript to the Journal

All manuscripts submitted for possible publication will be subjected to double-blind review by an international team of name scholars from the ANS Editorial Board. All manuscripts submitted to NAMES must adhere to the NAMES Style Sheet. This Style Sheet is based on the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS).  All submissions to NAMES must follow the Author-Date System of the CMOS. In addition, authors are requested to review the Instructions for Authors at Taylor & Francis. Submissions that violate these guidelines will be rejected automatically. Before you submit your manuscript, please be sure to consult the Author Checklist to make sure that you have met all of the publication requirements.  Authors may ask questions about the journal by contacting the NAMES Editor-in-Chief, Dr. I. M. Nick, via the following email address <>. Original articles may be submitted to the ANS for review and possible publication using the following link:

Writing or Soliciting a Book Review

Each issue of NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics includes critical reviews about some of the newest scholarly publications appearing on the market about names and naming. If you’d like to write a book review or suggest a book for review, please contact Dr. Chris De Vinne at cdevinne[@] You can also purchase books that have already been reviewed.

Best Article of the Year Award

Each year, the Society issues an award for the best article published in NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. All articles published in the journal are automatically considered for the award. Winners authors are selected based on the overall significance of the article as well as the potential contribution the article to the study of onomastics. Awardees are selected by members of the Editorial Board. Recipients of the award are given a prize, a commemorative plaque, and our profiled on the websites of the ANS and Taylor & Francis. In addition, press releases about the winners are sent to the international media. You can view past Award Winners.

Subscribing to NAMES

All members of the Society automatically receive a subscription to NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. To join the ANS, please click here to access the ordering page. Payment will be processed through PayPal, using your PayPal account or a credit card. Renewal notices will be sent out starting on November 23, 2018, via email and paper mail. There are two major types of subscription:

Individual Subscriptions

The journal is published four times a year and may be purchased either as an online or hard copy version. Reduced subscription rates are available for retirees and students. For verification purposes, proof of student status may be requested. Individual or “personal” subscriptions are strictly for private, non-commercial use. In addition to the quarterly journal, subscribers will receive access to the online content published within the year of purchase. Personal subscriptions may be purchased with a personal check, debit card, or credit card. Each individual subscriber to NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics automatically becomes a member of the American Name Society.

Institutional Subscriptions

Institutional prices are available for non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. This subscription offers perpetual access to the online content published in the year of purchase. In addition, access is also provided to archive content back to 01/01/1997 or the start of publication, whichever is more recent. Institutional subscriptions allow affiliated persons to become members of the American Name Society as a group.

lease refer to the FAQ before submitting an article.

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