Onomastics

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Onomastics (pronounced 'on-er-MASS-ticks', IPA: /ɒn ə (or əʊ) ˈmæst ɪks/) is 'the study of names'. Greek ὀνομα, 'onoma', means 'name'.

Onomastics is essentially the study of proper nouns. Two obvious topics of onomastics are personal names ('anthroponymy') and place names ('toponymy'). The three great branches of onomastics among English linguists are first names or forenames (traditionally called Christian names in English culture), surnames and place names. Sub-divisions of these exist, and attract scholarly attention. There are Dictionaries, or other works of reference, for all these. Consult these for more knowledge.
  • The study of personal names (sometimes called anthroponymy, from the Greek ἄνθρωπος ('anthropos', 'human') and ὄνομα ('onoma', 'name')) may be divided, in anglophone contexts, into two studies:
  • The study of place names is sometimes called toponymy (from Greek τόπος ('topos', 'place') and ὄνομα ('onoma', 'name')).