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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. 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-dividions 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') may be divided, inanglophone contexts, into two studies: