Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy to welcome you on the last day of 2015 and on the first day of 2016

Dear readers! This is Dr. Evgeny Shokhenmayer, happy to welcome you on the last day of 2015, here on

I would be very surprised if many people visited my blog on New Year’s Eve. Surely you have friends and family to celebrate everything you achieved in 2015 and to share your hopes for 2016.

I don’t want to keep you from the table full of delicious food and from watching the fireworks, so instead of my usual long speech I’ll just say this…

2015 was an amazing year for me, and for e-Onomastics. This blog yet again broke all records receiving over 250 000 visits and getting over 1370 posts. Our Twitter community grew up to 345 followers, with 265 likes and 4 025 tweets!

I truly am grateful to everyone who contributed to e-Onomastics Blog in 2015, to all the visitors who came here searching for the latest names-related updates, to all the linguists who used this website and recommended it to their colleagues, to everyone who referred their friends here to get help with onomastics, to people who sent their feedback and helped us to improve. Your support means more than I can put into words.

I love you all, and hope you have a wonderful 2016!

onomastically yours,


Rhetorics of Names and Naming

© 2016 – Routledge
208 pages
Purchasing Options:
pub: 2016-02-18
Available for pre-order
UK Pounds£95.00

About the Book

This volume takes up rhetorical approaches to our primarily linguistic 
understanding of how names work, considering how theories of materiality in 
rhetoric enrich conceptions of the name as word or symbol and help explain the processes of name bestowal, accumulation, loss, and theft. Contributors theorize 
the formation, modification, and recontexualization of names as a result of technological and cultural change, and consider the ways in which naming 
influences identity and affects/grants power.


"As more and more self-sponsored writing is broadcast publicly in the digital age, the 
power of naming things is becoming increasingly important, complex, and downright confusing. Who has the power to determine a name or label and cast it out into the world 
to be used by others? And indeed, what impact does such a name have? This new 
volume addresses these and other important questions that must, now more than ever, 
be addressed by academic disciplines that concern themselves with the public uses of language." - Susan Meyers, Seattle University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Rhetorical Onomastics Star Medzerian Vanguri 
SECTION 1: Performing Identity 
1 Composing Place, Composing Las Vegas Cydney Alexis, Scot Barnett, and Eric Leake 
2 From "Big Time" to "Turd Blossom": George W. Bush and the Rhetoric of the Political Sobriquet Jason Thompson 
3 Nominal Blackness Lisa Woolfork 
4 "Mononymous" Dickens: The Named and Unnamed in Household Words Christine 
SECTION 2: Reinforcing Hegemony 
5 Understanding the Life Narratives of Immigrants through Naming Practices Angela 
Clark-Oates, Duane Roen, and Sherry Rankins-Robertson 
6 "Don’t Say Drone": Hits and Misses in a Rhetorical Project of Naming Robin Shoaps and 
Sarah Stanley 
7 Crimean (Tatar): Resisting a Deportation of Identity Christian Berry 
8 The Female Frankenstein: Naming Practices Constructing What It Means to Be a "Woman" Jessica Rose Corey 
SECTION 3: Creating Public Memory 
9 Social Movement Names and Global Frames Tim Jensen 
10 Eponymous Elixirs: Mrs. Pinkham, Nineteenth-Century Patent Medicines, and the 
Rhetoric of Naming Elizabeth Lowry 
11 The Genome, the Meme, and the Teme Go off the Map: Observing Naming, Metaphor, 
and Circulation in Three Contested Terms David Bedsole 
12 The Naming of an Event Katherine Bridgman

About the Editor

Star Medzerian Vanguri is an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Communication at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and rhetoric, and her research interests include stylistics, onomastics, spatial rhetorics, and classroom writing assessment. She is co-editor of The Centrality of Style (WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press, 2013). Her work has also appeared in Rhetoric Review and the Journal of Writing Research.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Online-Umfrage zum Thema "Wahrnehmung des eigenen Nachnamens"


Haben Sie schon über Ihren Nachnamen nachgedacht?

TeilnehmerInnen an einer Online-Umfrage zum Thema "Wahrnehmung des eigenen Nachnamens" gesucht
Die Namenforscherin Friederike Kreil von der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg untersucht die Wahrnehmung, Bedeutung und den Stellenwert des eigenen Nachnamens und hat dafür einen Online-Fragebogen erstellt. Die Umfrage ist Teil einer sprachwissenschaftlichen Untersuchung im Rahmen einer Masterarbeit an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Diese Studie beschäftigt sich erstmals mit diesem spannenden Thema und wir hoffen auf rege Teilnahme!

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Liebe Teilnehmerin, lieber Teilnehmer,
herzlichen Dank für Ihr Interesse an meiner Studie!

Die folgende Umfrage ist Teil einer sprachwissenschaftlichen Untersuchung im Rahmen meiner Masterarbeit an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Sie untersucht erstmals die Wahrnehmung, Bedeutung und den Stellenwert des eigenen Nachnamens. Bei der Beantwortung der Fragen gibt es daher weder falsche noch richtige Antwortmöglichkeiten, sondern nur Ihre eigenen, individuellen Antworten.
Die Fragen beziehen sich dabei zum Teil auf sehr persönliche Umstände und Auffassungen. Bitte beachten Sie in diesem Zusammenhang, dass der Zweck dieser Untersuchung rein wissenschaftlich ist und damit keinerlei kommerzielles Interesse vorliegt. Alle Daten werden streng vertraulich behandelt, anonym ausgewertet und nur für diese Untersuchung verwendet. Eine spätere Zuordnung der Fragebögen und ein Rückschluss auf einzelne Befragte ist nicht möglich. Ihre Teilnahme ist freiwillig und kann zu jedem Zeitpunkt beendet werden.
Bitte nehmen Sie sich für diesen Fragebogen ca. 10-15 Minuten Zeit.
Sollten Sie Anregungen oder weitere Kommentare zur Studie haben, haben Sie am Ende dieser Umfrage die Möglichkeit dazu, diese mitzuteilen. Sie können mich unter auch direkt kontaktieren.
Vielen lieben Dank für Ihre Teilnahme!

Friederike Kreil

Naming contest by House Beautiful

The decorating magazine House Beautiful is running a naming contest: Readers are encouraged to send in their onomastic nominees for a color featured in the November/December issue of the magazine. The names will be judged on the basis of originality and creativity. The winner will receive a cash prize in addition to the honor of naming the new hue. Submit your name suggestions by the 3rd of January 2016.

HOW TO ENTER: Name This Color! Contest (the "Contest"): Beginning November 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM (ET) through January 3, 2016 at 11:59 PM (ET), go to and complete and submit the entry form pursuant to the on-screen instructions, including your proposed color name for this month's featured color and a brief description (50 words or less) of your inspiration. All entries must include your name, address, telephone number, email address and an original color name for this month's featured color at Winner Selection: All entries will be judged by editors of House Beautiful Magazine ("Judges").  One (1) grand prize winner and three (3) runners-up will be selected based on the following criteria: originality (50%) and creativity (50%). In the event of a tie, the entrant with the highest score in Creativity will be declared the winner. In the event the Sponsor does not receive a sufficient number of eligible entries, the Sponsor has the right to cancel the Contest.  By participating in the Contest, entrant certifies that his/her entry is original, has not been previously published or won any award, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks or rights or privacy or publicity. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these official rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the contest. The decision of the Sponsor and judges is final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. Prizes & Approximate Retail Value: One (1) grand prize winner will have their color name appear in a future issue of House Beautiful Magazine and will receive a $100 check. Approximate Retail Value: $100. Three (3) runners-up will each receive a copy of House Beautiful Pink (ARV: $25). It is understood that the runners-up will be entrants that have submitted a different name for the color than that submitted by the selected winner. Total Approximate Total Retail Value of All Prizes: $175. Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value of the prize will not be awarded in any form. Please allow a minimum of six (6) months for delivery of prizes.  
1. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified within one (1) month of the last day of the Contest, via e-mail, and/or at Sponsor's discretion, via phone or postal mail. In the event the Winner doesn't respond to Sponsor's notification or does not accept the prize within five (5) business days of notification, the prize will be deemed forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected. In the event that any one or more potential Winner(s) fails to respond as stated above, declines the prize or fails to provide signed affidavits or releases, such Winner(s) will be deemed to forfeit the prize and Sponsor will select an alternate Winner(s) from the remaining eligible entrants. If any alternate(s) similarly fails to respond or declines the prize, Sponsor will use a reasonable number of attempts, in its discretion, to award the prize(s) to another alternate(s) but if it is unable to do so, the prize(s) will be finally forfeited and Sponsor shall have no further liability in connection with this Contest. List of Winner(s):  For the name(s) of the Winner(s), send a separate self-addressed, stamped envelope to House Beautiful, 300 West 57th Street, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10019, Attn: Name This Color! Contest Winners' List, within two (2) months from the Winner notification date as specified above.
2. ENTRIES: Limit one (1) entry per person for Contest.  Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.  Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.  Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt.  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or inaccurate entries. Incomplete entry forms or entry forms that have been tampered with will be disqualified.  If there is a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address.  The "authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned by an internet service provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
3. ELIGIBILITY:  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada who have reached the age of majority in his or her state, province, or territory of residence at time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited by law.  Employees of Sponsor, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, independent judging organizations, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.
4. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:  Expenses not specifically included in prize description and all taxes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.  Each prize is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied outside of manufacturer's limited warranty.  No transfer, assignment or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize for an item of equal or greater value in the event an advertised prize is unavailable.  The Winner is required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, if Canadians are eligible to enter, and local laws, rules and regulations.  All federal, state and local taxes, and any other costs not specifically provided for in these Official Rules are solely the Winner's responsibility. If the actual retail value of any Winner's prize is $600 or more, the Winner must complete a W9 form and supply Sponsor with his/her social security number for tax purposes.  An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the Winner (or, if a minor, in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian) for the actual value of the prizes received. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or obligation to the Winner or potential Winner who are unable or unavailable to accept or utilize prizes as described herein. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Promotion.  Winner (and parent or legal guardian if Winner is a minor) may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release within seven (7) days following the date of first attempted notification.  Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate Winner.  Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Winner. Winner hereby further agrees that it will sign any documents necessary to transfer copyright of the entry to Sponsor within seven (7) days following the date of first attempted notification. By entering, Entrant grants permission for Sponsor, and any of its affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization and prize suppliers to use the entrant's submission (including an altered form of the entry) for editorial, advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. If images are being submitted to Sponsor as a requirement for entry, Entrants agree that they have all rights to use the images submitted and to allow Sponsor, any of its affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization and prize suppliers to reuse any of the images, without any liability, for editorial, advertising and promotional purposes. Additionally, acceptance of the prize by Winner constitutes permission for Sponsor and any affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization and prize suppliers to use Winner's name and/or likeness and biographical material for editorial, advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By accepting prize, Winner agrees to hold Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representative agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors, and employees harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest or acceptance or use of the prize.  Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize. 
5. INTERNETSponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof.  If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion.  Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.  Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process.  Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in a Promotion if it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair playing practices or intending to abuse, threaten or harass other entrants.  Caution: Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law.
6. DISPUTES/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in New York, NY, (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential or other damages, including without limitation lost profits may be awarded (collectively, "Special Damages"), and (4) entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or increased.  New York State law, without reference to New York's choice of law rules, governs the Contest and all aspects related thereto.
7. SPONSOR:  The Sponsor of this Promotion is Hearst Communications, Inc., 300 W. 57thStreet, New York, NY  10019.

Tagung 2016 "Linguistik der Eigennamen"

Linguistik der Eigennamen

Tagung 2016

Am 10. und 11. Oktober 2016 findet in der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz eine Tagung zum linguistischen (Sonder-)Status von Eigennamen statt.
Wegen des reichen Ertrags der Tagung "Linguistik der Familiennamen" im Jahr 2012 (s. dazu Debus et al. 2014) planen wir für 2016, diese linguistische Fokussierung auf den Eigennamen als sprachliche Kategorie auszudehnen. Erfreulicherweise gibt es derzeit in Deutschland mehrere namengrammatische Initiativen, die wir durch diese Tagung bündeln und stärken wollen. Dabei laden wir besonders LinguistInnen und GrammatikerInnen ein - sei es mit synchroner, diachroner und/oder kontrastiver Ausrichtung -, diese Tagung durch neue Forschungen und Erkenntnisse zu bereichern.
Insgesamt wurde die Namengrammatik von der Linguistik weitgehend übersehen und von der Onomastik selbst kaum als ihr Gegenstand wahrgenommen (sie befasst sich mehrheitlich mit der Etymologie von Namen). Dies erklärt die beträchtlichen Wissensdefizite bzgl. des grammatischen Verhaltens von Namen. Dabei weisen Namen als monoreferente Ausdrücke ohne Semantik auf allen sprachlichen Ebenen Sonderentwicklungen auf: Auf der phonologischen Ebene etwa durch (abweichende) phonotaktische und prosodische Eigenschaften, auf der flexionsmorphologischen durch ein geringeres Maß an Allomorphie und per se weniger Flexion, insbesondere Introflexion (weniger Ab-/Umlaut, Stufenwechsel), auf der syntaktischen durch andere Stellungsregeln (im Deutschen beim Genitiv). Auch der Artikel erlangt vor Eigennamen ganz andere Funktionen als vor Appellativen, indem er - zusammen mit Genus - alsclassifier fungiert, der Informationen über das denotierte Objekt liefert (der Continental→ Auto, das Continental → Hotel/Restaurant/Bier, die Continental → Motorrad/Flugzeug) (Nübling 2015). Ebenso können Eigennamen in der Wortbildung von den üblichen Mustern divergieren, indem sie, wie im Fall der Warennamen, von besonderen Wortschöpfungstechniken Gebrauch machen (Ronneberger-Sibold 2000, 2004) oder sich eigene Derivationsmuster leisten (die Frankfurter Opergrimmsche Märchenobamaeske Weise). Graphematisch sind Namen die einzige Wortart im Deutschen, die orthographisch nicht normiert ist und anderen Regularitäten folgt, was bspw. die Graphotaktik oder die Setzung von Syngraphemen wie Apostroph und Bindestrich betrifft. Aus diachroner Perspektive erweisen sich Eigennamen einerseits als konservativ (Erhalt des pränominalen Genitivs), vielfach aber auch als Vorreiter grammatischer Neuerungen - so bei der Entwicklung des ‑s-Plurals (Nübling/Schmuck 2010) oder der Substantivgroßschreibung (Bergmann/Nerius 1998). Dies unterstreicht einmal mehr die bislang unterschätzte Relevanz der Namengrammatik - ein Missstand, dem diese Tagung abhelfen soll.
Themenvorschläge im Umfang von max. einer DIN A4-Seite (inkl. Literaturliste) werden erbeten bis zum 31.05. 2016 an: E-Mail
Veranstalterinnen: Luise Kempf, Damaris Nübling, Mirjam Schmuck


Bergmann, R./Nerius, D. (1998): Die Entwicklung der Großschreibung im Dt. von 1500-1700. Heidelberg.
Debus, F. et al. (2014): Linguistik der Familiennamen. Germanistische Linguistik 225-227. Hildesheim.
Nübling, D./Schmuck, M. (2010): Die Entstehung des s-Plurals bei Eigennamen als Reanalyse vom Kasus- zum Numerusmarker. Evidenzen aus der deutschen und niederländischen Dialektologie. In: ZDL 77/2, 145-182.
Nübling, D. (2015): Die Bismarck - der Arena - das Adler. Vom Drei-Genus- zum Sechs-Klassen-System bei Eigennamen im Deutschen: Degrammatikalisierung und Exaptation. In: ZGL 43/2, 306-344.
Ronneberger-Sibold, E. (2000): Creative competence at work: the creation of partial motivation in trade names. In: Doleschal, U./Thornton, A. (eds.): Extragrammatical and marginal morphology. München, 85-105.
Ronneberger-Sibold, E. (2004): Warennamen. In: Brendler, A./Brendler, S. (eds.): Namenarten und ihre Erforschung. Hamburg, 557-603.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Les Noms de lieux et de personnes


PDF : 9782098125728EPUB : 9782098125940Papier : 9782091905136



3379: Personnages historiques

Mot clés

Indisponible; épuisé; relire; réédition; fenixx; Xxe siècle; Histoire ; Histoire générale et thématique ; Personnages historiques;



Nombre de pages


Nombre de chapitres



Christian Baylon, Paul Favre




Table des matières

  • Couverture1
  • Page de titre2
  • Copyright d'origine3
  • Avant-propos4
  • Introduction - DE L’ONOMASTIQUE6
  • Table des matières274
  • Quatrième de couverture281
  • Achevé de numériser282

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Voprosy Onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) Issue 2 (19) 2015

Dear colleagues!

The editorial board of the journal Voprosy Onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) is pleased to inform you of the publication of Issue 2 (19) 2015. The issue is available on the journal's website:


Smirnov, O. V.
The “Mari” Hypothesis in the Study of the Toponymy of the Oka and Unzha Rivers and the Western Borders of the Old Mari Toponymic Area [in Russian]

Blasco Ferrer, E.
Substrata Residue, Linguistic Reconstruction, and Linking: Methodological Premises, and the Case History of Palaeo-Sardinian [in English]

Győrffy, E.
The Toponymic Competence: A Case Study in the Hungarian Settlement Tépe [in English]

Greule, A.
“Onomastic Archaeology” (with Reference to German Toponymy) [in Russian]

Hengst, K.
Germanic-Slavic Hybrid Names in the East German Toponymy [in Russian]

Wenzel, W.
On the Atlas of Lower Sorbian Surnames: the Cottbus Area [in German]

Berestova E. A.
The System of Nicknames in a Dialect Speaker’s Onomasticon [in Russian]

Ivantsova E. V.
Onomasticon of a Dialect Speaker: A Lexicographic Project [in Russian]

Book Reviews:

Repanšek, L.
Towards a Historical Linguistic Study of Balkan Anthropogeography. Review of the book: Sobolev, A. N. (2013). Osnovy lingvokulturnoi antropogeografii Balkanskogo poluostrova [Elements of the Linguocultural Anthropogeography of the Balkan Peninsula] (Vol. 1). Saint Petersburg: Nauka; München: Verlag Otto Sagner. [in English]

Falileyev, A. I.
A New Book on Welsh Toponymy. Review of the book: Parsons, D. N. (2013). Martyrs and memorials. Merthyr place-names and the church in early Wales. Aberystwyth: Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Profysgol Cymru. [in Russian]

The editorial board also invites you to contribute articles, book and conference reviews for upcoming issues. Submissions for next issues are accepted on a continuous basis.

Voprosy Onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) is a peer-reviewed academic journal published jointly by Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Ural Federal University. The journal publishes papers in the Russian, English, German and French languages. The journal also accepts articles in some Slavic languages (Bulgarian, Polish, Czech), in this case the translation into Russian is provided by the journal.

You can find more information about the journal at

Editorial board

51, Lenin av., office 306
Ekaterinburg, 620083, Russia
Ural Federal University