Thursday, January 31, 2013

Festival colloquium in honour of 20 years of the society for onomastics inc. 1990-2010

published by Dietlind Kremer (University of Leipzig)

and Dieter Kremer (University of Trier)

The first conference "Town and its names" gave a handle to consider that extremely complicated subject and variety of the possible approaches from historical, social or linguistic viewpoints. On this occasion, any special town was not central, but the questions were explained in a huge number of concrete case studies.

The thematic spread ranges from the source materials to the city patron saints, from street names to institution and waters names, from forenames to surnames, from Jewish names to books' names. The geographic frame encloses the German cities of Leipzig, Chemnitz, Soest, Hamburg and Bayreuth; the European context addresses Moscow, Florence and important towns of Romania. Numerous impetuses are given for the discussion about names in the urban environment as well as suggestions for other investigations; see also the table of content (in German):

The book appeared in 2012 (volume 8) within the serie of Onomastica Lipsiensia at the university of Leipzig.

The next conference of the GfN "Town and its names II" will take place on the 24th and 25th of May, 2013 in Leipzig. Interested parties are warmly invited thereto:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Presentation of Polish tools and resources for onomastic research on the internet

In the following three annexes you'll find a presentation of Paweł Swoboda of tools and resources to research on the onomastic issues on the internet (presented at the meeting of the Slavic onomastics from the International Committee of the Slavists during the XVIII International and National Onomastic Conference "Microtoponymy and macrotoponymy" (Lodz, 27-29.10 .2012):

Part 1: on the geoportals;

Part 2: digital libraries and cartographic collections;

Part 3: individual case-studies.

Example of the Sienkiewicz distribution:

Friday, January 25, 2013

XIVth International Conference "Onomastics of Volga Region"

According to the resolution ( ) accepted by the Committee of the 13th International Conference "Onomastics of Volga Region" held in Yaroslavl' in September 2012, the next 14th Conference will be hosted in Tver, 10-13 September 2014.

The inofficial website of Conference is:

Dr. M. Gorbanevsky (project "Family names of Russia") presented a photo of the conference participants of 1971. 

The list of conferences since 1967:

I. 18–22 September 1967, Ulianovsk (

II. 23–26 april 1969, Gorky (
III. 21–24 september 1971, Ufa (
IV. 1973, Saransk (
V. 1975, Penza
VI. 26–28 September 1989, Volgograd
VII. 1995, Volgograd (
VIII. 8–11 September 1998, Volgograd (

IX. 9–12 September 2002, Volgograd (
X. 12–14 September 2006, Ufa (
XI. 16–18 September 2008, Yoshkor-Ola (

XII. 14–16 September 2010, Kazan (

XIII. 12–15 September 2012, Yaroslavl' (

President of the Conference Committee: Prof. Vasiliy Suprun (University of Volgograd)

After every conference the proceeding are to be published:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Man's surname can be guessed through DNA, Israeli researchers discover

Israeli and American geneticists have developed a method that can help people find family members around the world – so spy agencies will be interested too. A male’s genome contains information that can help scientists guess his surname, American and Israeli researchers have discovered. The findings have serious implications for data privacy; intelligence services around the world are bound to be interested.

or here

In regard thereto, I also advise to read this:

Les sociétés humaines sont fractales dans leur diversité – la preuve par l’onomastique

Onomatic = ONOMastics + automATIC

A new francophone website on PNP, so to say - Proper Names Processing - field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and onomastics concerned with the interactions between computers and proprial units. As such, PNP is related to the area of NLP and human–computer interaction. Many challenges in PNP involve onomastic understanding -- that is, enabling computers to derive meaning from proper nouns' input.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Is there anything without name? What is it? How do you think? Or, a thing that bears no name doesn't exist, because it can be marked up by us?

Human societies are fractal in their diversity – an onomastics proof

Just as the map of a coast looks exactly like a coast, regardless of the scale, you may find heterogeneity and yet very clear patterns in a society of one billion, one million or one thousand people. As a pebble laying on a shore, at the maximum scale, every individual is unique and an exception to the group.

Keep reading under:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Дискуссионная статья о геономастике

Controversial article on geonomastics

Professor Gerrit Bloothooft

Today I have a honour to introduce Prof. Gerrit Bloothooft

He is a well-known Dutch onomatologist from the University of Utrecht 

He also is Coordinator ICT of the  Centre Faculty of Arts, the prominent linguist.

Prof. Bloothooft works at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS :

Institute of Foreign Languages ​​(Linguistics): 

ICT Centre Faculty of Arts
Utrecht University
Trans 10
3512 JK Utrecht
Tel.: 030 2536042
Fax: 030 2536000

Gerrit Bloothooft is researching on the historical onomastics, corpus-based name standardization, Dutch naming patterns from 1983 to present, naming and subcultures, and on the pronunciation of names.

Gerrit Bloothooft offers a wide variety of historical name databases, the Top50 toponyms, forenames (2006) and surnames (2007) from the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA).

Here you will find a list of publications by Prof. Bloothooft:

Gerrit Bloothooft teaches a cursus of Modern Onomastics "Name and culture":

Professor Bloothooft on the Dutch radio website: 
and and 

I would like to enumerate some of his works on onomastics written in English:

Presentation (29/11/12) Detailed interactive mapping of migration in The Netherlands in the 20th century, eHumanities Lectures, Amsterdam. part II, Jan Pieter Kunst. Presetation on the Clarin MIGMAP project:

Bloothooft, G., Mandemakers, K., Brouwer, L. and Brouwer, M., 'Data Mining in the Dutch (Historical) Civil Registration (1811–Present)', in Darlu et al. (2012), Human Biology, 84(2), 177-184:

Bloothooft, G. (2011), 'Linguistics and geography, the surname case', in Zonneveld, W., Quené, H., and Heeren, W. (Eds.), 'Sound and Sounds, studies presented to M.E.H. (Bert) Schouten', Utrecht: UiL-OTS, pp 9-20:

Bloothooft, G. and Mandemakers, K. (2011), Exploring co-variates with names in the (historic) Dutch civil registration, to appear in the Proceedings of the XXIV-International Conference of Onomastic Sciences, Barcelona:

Bloothooft, G. and Schraagen, M. (2011), 'Name fashion dynamics and social class', to appear in the Proceedings of the XXIV-International Conference of Onomastic Sciences, Barcelona:

Bloothooft, G. and D. Onland (2011), 'Socioeconomic determinants of first names', Names 59, 1, 25-41:

Presentation 10/12/2010 Data mining in the (historic) Civil Registration of The Netherlands from 1811 - present, CNRS-INSHS Workhop "Family name between socio-cultural feature and genetic metaphor. From concepts to methods", Paris: 

 Presentation 23/9/10 Population Onomastic Databases, Virtual Knowledge Studio, IISG, Amsterdam:

Presentation 13/06/09 Proper names in The Netherlands from the Civil Registration: full population data, workshop Names in the Economy III, Meertens Instituut KNAW,  Amsterdam: 

Bloothooft, G. and L. Groot (2008), 'Name clustering on the basis of parental preferences', Names 56:3, 111-163:

Presentation 16/06/06 'Analysis of first names in The Netherlands, full population studies', CTL colloquim, Uil-OTS, Utrecht:

Presentation 10/06/2005 'First names in The Netherlands, from preferences of parents to socio-geographic representations', CLCG Linguistics Colloquium, Groningen:

Gerritzen, D., van Nifterick, E., and Bloothooft, G. (2005). 'Proper names and etymology: the special position of first names', RIOn International Series, 1, 147-156.

Bloothooft, G. (2002). 'Naming and subcultures in The Netherlands', Proceedings International Conference of Onomastic Sciences, Uppsala, eds E. Brylla and M. Wahlberg, part 2, pp 53-62 (published 2006):

Below you may enjoy the map of forenames:

It's possible due to forenames database:

In Dutch we should point out this work: (On forenames, Über Vornamen, Sur les prénoms, Об именах)

I have met Professor Bloothooft for the first time on the ICOS 2011 in Barcelona, but before we have already exchanged several letters about possible postdoc and onomastic investigations. It was just great!!!

Thank you, Gerrit! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The American Name Society Annual Meeting

from here:

The American Name Society (ANS),

the oldest scholarly society devoted to the study of names in the United States, is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. The 2014 meeting will be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

 in Minneapolis

, Minnesota, January 2-5, 2014.

Papers in any area of onomastic research are welcome.

Proposals should include a précis of up to 500 words and a 100-word abstract for publication in the meeting programs. The deadline for receipt of proposals is July 1, 2013. However, presenters who may need additional time to secure international payments and travel visas to the United States are urged to submit their proposal as soon as possible.

Please send proposals by e-mail attachment in a .doc or .docx format to Dr. I.M. Nick at

Under this name and email I may recognize Dr. Iman Makeba Laversuch (University of Cologne):

She is sitting on the righ-hand side, together with presenter Detlef Heints, Professor Dr. Michael Becker-Mrotzek and journalist Gerda Pighin, discussing rusks and chances of multilinagual education in Germany. She has worked in Germany for about 20 years (in 2008 she has been a Lecturer of English:, and now she is the First Vice President at the University of Cologne: ). She is editor and one of the authors of

For organizational purposes, please include “ANS Proposal” in the subject line. All proposals will be subject to blind review. Official notification of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before August 25, 2013. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be a current member of the ANS and register for both the ANS and the LSA. Please feel free to contact Dr. I. M. Nick at the above address if you should have any questions.

For information about the American Name Society see
For information about the Linguistic Society of America see

Deadline for proposals: July 1, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

«Our name doesn't belong to us»

Enjoy the interview in French of Gérard Pommier, a psychoanalyst and former deputy chief doctor at Etampes. He is Professor Emeritus of universities and teach at Paris VII University.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

10 Tips For Naming Your Fashion Blog

XVIe colloque international d’onomastique BRUXELLES

French Society of Onomastics (Paris, National Archives)

and Royal Commission of Toponymy and Dialectology, Wallonian section (Brussels)

organize the 16th Colloquium of Onomastics on two topics:

1.  Fashion(s) in Onomastics and 2. Belgo-Roman Onomastics.

Below in French:

La Société française d’onomastique (Paris, Archives Nationales) et la Commission royale de toponymie et dialectologie, section wallonne, (Bruxelles, Palais des Académies) organisent le

XVIe Colloque d’Onomastique

sur les THÈMES : 1/ Mode(s) en onomastique 2/ ONOMASTIQUE BELGOROMANE

les 6-8 juin 2013, au Palais des Académies - Bruxelles


Le XVIe colloque international d’onomastique, organisé par la Société française d’onomastique, en collaboration avec la section wallonne de la Commission royale de toponymie et dialectologie (Bruxelles), se déroulera du 6 au 8 juin 2013, au Palais des Académies Bruxelles.

Les thèmes retenus sont les suivants :

1/ Mode(s) en onomastique

2/ Onomastique belgoromane

Premier thème : Mode(s) en onomastique

On sait combien le terme "mode" est polysémique en français. Non seulement nous ne souhaitons pas réduire cette polysémie, de manière à donner au nom le spectre sémantique le plus large possible, mais nous avons souhaité l’élargir encore aux libertés qu’offre l’homonymie : c’est pourquoi "mode" peut être compris au singulier ou au pluriel, mais aussi au féminin ou au masculin.

La thématique du colloque offre donc la possibilité d’y présenter une communication cernant un courant de diffusion onomastique valorisé par une dynamique culturelle, linguistique, politique ou sociale, par exemple : le développement des vecteurs de nomination des individus (noms de famille, prénoms, sobriquets, etc.) ou des groupes sociaux (gentilés, sobriquets collectifs, organisations politiques, syndicales, etc.), voire de certains objets (noms de voitures, de bateaux, etc.) ou de certains médias (noms de journaux, magazines, etc.), l’implantation de certains hagiotoponymes motivée par le prestige d’un saint particulier dans une région, le transfert de reliques, le rayonnement d’un établissement religieux, etc., la propagation de phénomènes témoignant d’évolutions intralinguistiques, comme le choix des suffixes dans la dérivation toponymique, ou témoignant de contacts linguistiques, comme la prééminence exercée à partir des VIe et VIIe siècles, par des composés toponymiques à structure déterminant-déterminé. Dans cette approche, la notion de mode implique que le phénomène étudié s’inscrive dans une temporalité précise et un espace géographique circonscrit, et que les variations de son intensité fassent non seulement l’objet de description, mais aussi, dans la mesure du possible, d’explication.

Mais si l’on considère le terme dans les acceptions que présente sa version masculine, la thématique du colloque offre également la possibilité d’analyser les modes opératoires mis en œuvre par les spécialistes pour étudier les phénomènes onomastiques, c’est-à-dire les outils, les démarches les méthodes, les concepts, les théories auxquels ils font (ou ont fait) appel pour en rendre compte, et qui sont eux aussi, exposés aux fluctuations qu’impliquent les modes (au féminin). Dans ce cadre pourront être soumises des communications proposant d’éclairer et d’évaluer les grands schémas explicatifs qui ont marqué l’histoire de la discipline, par exemple : en toponymie, les analyses celtisantes qui se sont développées aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, plus récemment, les théories avancées par d’Arbois de Jubainville, sur la nature anthroponymique du thème des dérivés toponymiques en -acum.

On ne s’interdira pas, dans cette approche, d’étudier l’émergence et le développement de certaines composantes de la discipline, par exemple l’oronymie, l’odonymie, etc., en s’interrogeant le cas échéant, sur la spécifité de l’outillage méthodologique mis en œuvre. On s’efforcera, dans tous les cas, de faire un bilan critique des théories présentées, d’en montrer les apports, les limites et l’actualité éventuelle.

Deuxième thème : Onomastique belgoromane

Comme il est d’usage, le colloque fera une place privilégiée aux études d’onomastique de la région hôte, cette fois hors des frontières de la France : la Belgique romane, région qui, au sein du domaine galloroman, peut se prévaloir d’une tradition enviable de travaux dialectologiques et onomastiques.

Les organisateurs attendent aussi bien des communications consacrées à la méthodologie développée dans les travaux d’onomastique wallonne, que des études de cas ou des synthèses de recherches menées en microtoponymie, en toponymie majeure ou en anthroponymie wallonnes et — pour autant qu’une place y soit faite au territoire belgoroman — picardes, lorraines et champenoises.

Ce colloque est avant tout une réunion scientifique destinée à faire état des recherches en cours en onomastique et à susciter l’innovation théorique et méthodologique. Toutefois, les organisateurs souhaitent favoriser l’ouverture vers un public cultivé non spécialiste s’intéressant au patrimoine onomastique et soucieux de mieux le connaître. Les chercheurs qui répondront au présent appel à communication sont invités à tenir compte de ce niveau d’exigence comme de ce souci d’ouverture.

Le comité scientifique du colloque est placé sous la présidence conjointe de M. Jean GERMAIN (pour la Commission royale de toponymie et dialectologie)

et de M. Michel TAMINE (pour la SFO).

Il se compose comme suit :

M. Jean-Claude BOUVIER
M. Michel TAMINE
Mme Martine WILLEMS