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Onomastics or onomatology is the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.[1] Onomastics originates from the Greek ὀνομαστικός (onomastikos), which translates to "of or belonging to naming"[2][3] from ὄνομα (ónoma) meaning "name".[4] Toponymy or toponomastics, the study of place names, is one of the principal branches of onomastics. Anthroponomastics is the study of personal names. Onomastics can be helpful in data mining, with applications such as Named-entity recognition, or recognition of the origin of names.[5] An orthonym is the proper name of the object in question, the object of onomastic study.


  • Gender studies 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4
    • Software 4.1

Gender studies

Onomastics have been used extensively in gender studies, to infer the gender of personal names in quantitative research. In most countries and cultures, the method is very accurate,[6] with a precision in the range 95-99%+.

See also


  1. ^ "onomastics". Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
  2. ^ ὀνομαστικός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus project
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  4. ^ ὄνομα, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus project
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External links

  • Onomastics at DMOZ
  • Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, a Major Research Project of the British Academy, Oxford, contains over 35,000 published Greek names.
  •, a free online resource discussing onomastics and onomastic related issues.
  • e-Onomastics, online blog focused on onomastics research and publications.
  • Onomastics Collection Bibliography, Lurline H. Coltharp, UTEP Library
  • Onomastics for Business, ParisTech Review, October 2013
  • An Onomastic Compilation and Ontology, using open standards


  • OriginsInfo - Name analysis for measuring cultural diversity among customers, employees and markets
  • IBM Global Name Analytics (formerly Language Analysis Systems - LAS)
  • NamSor Applied Onomastics

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