Onomastics or onomatology is the study of the etymology, history, and use of proper names. An ''orthonym'' is the proper name of the object in question, the object of onomastic study. Onomastics can be helpful in data mining, with applications such as named-entity recognition, or recognition of the origin of names. It has also been used in historical research to identify ethnic minorities within wider populations.


''Onomastics'' originates from the Greek ''onomastikós'' ( grc|ὀνομαστικός||of or belonging to naming|label=none), itself derived from ''ónoma'' ( grc|ὄνομα||name|label=none).


* Toponymy (or toponomastics), one of the principal branches of onomastics, is the study of place names. * Anthroponomastics is the study of personal names. * Literary onomastics is the branch that researches the names in works of literature and other fiction.

See also

* Ancient Greek personal names * Extinction of surnames * Hydronym * Mononymous persons * Naming convention * -onym, listing the technical kinds of names ; Organizations * American Name Society * English Place-Name Society * Guild of One-Name Studies * International Council of Onomastic Sciences * Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland * UNGEGN Toponymic Guidelines * United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names


External links

Lexicon of Greek Personal Names
a Major Research Project of the British Academy, Oxford, contains over 35,000 published Greek names.
contains over 50,000 given names with the meanings and origins Category:Folklore Category:Lexicography {{onomastics-stub