This collection of essays presents a picture of the concerns and state of onomastics in America in the closing decades of the 20th century. Onomastics is the serious study of names and naming. Names are used in all cultures to designate particular persons, places, events, and ideas. This study helps show both universal aspects of human culture and differences between cultures over time and space.
Edward Callary is Associate Professor of English at Northern Illinois University.
Preface; Introduction by Cleveland Kent Evans and Edwin D. Lawson; Theory and Practice of Onomastics; 1. Is a Theory of Names Possible? - John Algeo; 2. Slouching Toward a Theory of Names: A Tentative Taxonomic Fix - Wilbur Zelinsky; 3. How New Naming Systems Emerge: The Prototypical Cases of Columbus and Washington - Lawrence M. Baldwin and Michel Grimaud; 4. Distribution of Forenames, Surnames, and Forename-Surname Pairs in the United States - D.K. Tucker; Personal Names in American Society; 1. Impressions Created by Given Names - Albert Mehrabian; 2. The Many Faces of Nicknames - Theodore J. Holland, Jr.; 3. Nicknames, Coal Miners, and Group Solidarity - James K. Skipper, Jr.; 4. A New Look at Address in American English: The Rules Have Changed - Thomas E. Murray; 5. Noms de Felt: Names in Gambling - Thomas L. Clark; 6. Personal Names That Become Ethnic Epithets - Irving Lewis Allen; 7. Feminization of Unisex Names from 1960 to 1990 - Herbert H. Barry III and Aylene S. Harper; Geographic Names in American Society; 1. Development and Implementation of the Nation's Official Geographic Names Database - Roger L. Payne; 2. What Do We Want to Know About Place Names? - Grant Smith; 3. The Sociolinguistics of the "S-Word": Squaw in American Place Names - William Bright; 4. Regional Naming Patterns and the Culture of Honor - Michael H. Kelly; 5. The Naming of Moscows in the USA - Ren Vasiliev; 6. On the Success of Efforts to Retain the Names of Several American Communities in the Two World Wars - Robert M. Rennick.