Monday, July 28, 2014

De 1950 à 2010: 60 ans de prénoms en France

Quels prénoms étaient donnés en France en 1950 ? En 1965 ? Et en 2010 ? Combien y avait-il de Philippe en 1950 ? Et de Charles en 1960 ? Grâce à une application en ligne, « 60 ans de prénoms en France », il est désormais possible de visualiser les évolutions, parfois étonnantes, parfois prévisibles, des prénoms donnés aux nouveaux nés en France avec un outil qui en dit plus long qu’un rapport statistique de l’INSEE quant à l’évolution démographique de notre pays. 

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12 Baby Boy Names That Channel Timeless Hollywood Heroes

 | By Linda Rosenkrantz
Recently, we looked at the ladies, and now we cross over to the guys -- some of the immortal male movie characters whose names have lived on. It was really tough winnowing down this list and saying goodbye to some that had too-common names (Andy Hardy, George Bailey in "It’s a Wonderful Life," Bogart’s Rick Blaine in "Casablanca," Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry); plus over-the-top baddies like TravisBickle, Norman Bates and Hannibal Lector -- and a goofball namesake like AustinPowers. But here are a dozen great names of great characters.
atticus finch
Atticus Finch, that most upright and admirable of movie heroes, portrayed byGregory Peck in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird," was voted the greatest hero of American Film by the American Film Institute. The Roman Atticus in now in the Top 500 nationwide and a solid Number 3 on Nameberry. 

the philadelphia story cary grant
The 1940 "The Philadelphia Story" was brimming with interesting character names (James Stewart was MacaulayDinah the little sister), but none better than CaryGrant’s charming C. K. Dexter Haven. Although Dexter had a very different image on the recent TV show, the name has caught on, now at Number 380, 220 on Nameberry, thanks partly to the appealing nickname Dex.
ferris bueller
Having your name in the title helps preserve it, as in "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off," a jaunty 1980s high schooler’s fantasy film. Though the sly character portrayed byMatthew Broderick may be well remembered, his Irish surname name has never taken off the way others have.
forrest gump
One of Tom Hanks’ most iconic roles was in and as Forrest Gump. The name came onto the popularity list in 1964, and then, despite the character’s eccentric naiveté, did get a bump following the film’s successful release in 1994, reaching a high of 217 that year. And now, this green and sylvan nature name returned to the list last year at Number 841.
gatsby leonardo
"The Great Gatsby" has been around since Fitzgerald’s novel was published in 1924, and has been filmed six times, but for modern parents Leonardo DeCaprio is the embodiment of Jay Gatsby (born James Gatz). And it’s only now that Gatsby has come under consideration for both boys and girls -- certainly on Nameberry where it’s Number 239.

wuthering heights olivier
Laurence Olivier was the intense, brooding, passionate hero of the classic 1939 film version of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Though the name Heathcliff might seem over the top, it was the inspiration for the late Heath Ledger’s name, and was used by fashionista Lucy Sykes for her son.
indiana jones ford
Indiana Jones (born Dr. Henry Walton, Jr), first played by Harrison Ford in the 1981 "Raiders of the Lost Ark," is one of the great adventure heroes of the late 20th century -- ranked by the AFI as second only to Atticus Finch. One of the most appealing of the state names, Indiana was chosen by Summer Phoenix in honor of her late brotherRiver, who played the young Indy.
james dean giant
James Dean made only three movies: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" -- but that was enough to give him permanent teen-rebel-icon status. In the 1956 Giant, for which Dean received a posthumous Oscar nomination, he played Texas ranch hand Jett Rink. Jett entered the Top 1000 in 1999, is now Number 324, and was used by George Lucas.

luke skywalker
"The Star Wars" trilogy featured Mark Hamill as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, a character still seen across the country -- and beyond -- every Halloween. Luke, a strong but amiable New Testament name with a cowboy feel, spiked as a result of this character’s name recognition and is now at an all-time high of Number 34.
crowe gladiator
Russell Crowe’s powerful performance as ancient Roman general Maximus in the 2000 film "Gladiator" had great impact on all the Max family of names, and particularly Maximus, which first appeared on the charts in the year of the film’s release. It’s now at Number 200, picked by LeBron James as his son Bryce’s middle name.
vivien leigh gone with the wind
One of the many great names to emerge from Margaret Mitchell’s "Gone With the Wind," Rhett Butler, as embodied in Clark Gable, has projected an uber-romantic image for three quarters of a century. But it’s never been as popular as it is now: Number 425 in the US, and 120 on Nameberry.
rocky balboa
Couldn’t possibly leave out Rocky Balboa, brainchild and breakthrough role ofSylvester Stallone in 1976. Most Rockys were born Rocco -- we don’t know about this one. Madonna used Rocco for her son, while Sarah Michelle Gellar and FreddiePrinze, Jr. went straight to Rocky for theirs. In US popularity, Rocky peaked at Number 240 in 1955.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Current Issue of the Journal of Literary Onomastics: Volume 3, Issue 1 (2014)


Breeze, Andrew (2014) "Caer Brythwch and Brythach and Nerthach in 'Culhwch and Olwen',"Journal of Literary Onomastics: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 1. 
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Baker et al., Wendy (2014) "Naming Practices in J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages," Journal of Literary Onomastics: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 2. 
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Nelson, Marie (2014) "An Onomastic Approach to 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle': David Wroblewski’s Transformation of Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet'," Journal of Literary Onomastics: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 3. 
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French Spanish Toponymist Job

Date: Jul 23, 2014
Location: Springfield, VA, US
French Spanish Toponymist (Job Number:607454):


The Mission Support Group of Leidos has a career opportunity for a Toponymist (French/Spanish) shall analyze and conflate information associated with feature data listed in the Geographic Names Database (GNDB) while working closely with Intelligence Community (IC) geographic names experts. Selected candidate will use agency guidance and policies to respond to questions concerning the proper and correct usage of names, various Romanization systems, and the treatment of descriptive information on standard products. These services will use the Geographic Names Processing Systems (GNPS), charts, imagery and geospatial tools to refine names information for use in all types of products and to respond to use question via the Ad Hoc Query process. In addition, the candidate will prepare files and maps for work, accurately entering data to maintain and update the GNDB, including batching the completed work into the GNDB. The accuracy and reliability of the selected candidate’s work is essential to the missions of these users.


Selected candidate will scan and geo-reference hardcopy maps, research, and order geospatial data sources and commercial imagery to use as reference sources. Georeferenced maps and imagery must be conflated with the GNDB. Selected candidate will interpret and apply national and international policies governing the treatment of and general guidelines emanating from the US Board on Geographic Names (US BGN), the Department of State (DoS), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other related organizations.



MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts/Sciences (or related field) and/or equivalent formal military training and 2+ years of related experience. Qualified candidates will possess an ILR Skill Level Two certification for reading (DLPT5 2/2) in both the French and Spanish language. Active TS SCI clearance is required.


Qualified candidates should also have experience using ArcGIS or GeoMedia Pro; creating shapefiles, geo-databases; utilizing native maps, secondary source maps, and historic maps for extraction and comparison; mapping imagery for stereo and mono extraction at various resolutions; and, expertise in research and information gathering. Specific experience processing geographic names following agency policies and procedures is highly desired. Ideal candidate must be a self-starter and capable of working independently with minimal supervision and guidance. Candidate must be able to multitask and deliver quality products within specified timelines. Candidate should work well as part of a team effort.

Leidos Overview:Leidos is an applied solutions company focused on markets that are seeing converging business and technological trends, and address basic, enduring human needs: defense and national security, health and life sciences, and energy, engineering and infrastructure. The Company's approximately 20,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and commercial health and engineering markets.

Job Posting: Jul 23, 2014, 4:19:55 PM
Primary Location: United States-VA-SPRINGFIELD

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: Top Secret/SCI

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret/SCI

Potential for Teleworking: No

Travel: None

Shift: Day Job

Schedule: Full-time

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC 
Job Segment: Military Intelligence, Security Clearance, Top Secret Clearance, TS / SCI, Government, Research

Namenforschung im SWR

Dr. Rita Heuser (Mainzer Namenforscherin) am 29.07.2014 zu Gast in der SWR-Sendung "Kaffee oder Tee"
Was bedeutet mein Familienname? Woher kommt er? Und wo in Deutschland ist er am häufigsten verbreitet. Diese und weitere Fragen rund um Familiennamen beantwortet Dr. Rita Heuser vom Projekt „Digitales Familiennamenwörterbuch Deutschlands“ live.
Wann und wo? 
Am Dienstagnachmittag (27.07.2014) zwischen 16 und 18 Uhr bei der SWR-Sendung „Kaffee oder Tee“.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mapping conflicts in the street names of Berlin

Those of you interested in urban memory, toponymy, cartography and Berlin may want to check out this great site by Hans Hack, which maps the traces of nineteenth and twentieth century conflicts in the street names of the German capital.


Straßenkrieg is a fascinating map revealing the history behind the many Berlin street names which have a military connection. The map highlights Berlin streets which have been named after battles, important military leaders or German army regiments.

All the military connected roads are highlighted on the map with colored lines. The colors indicate the historical period associated with the road's name, e.g. Prussian, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism or post-WWII. If you select a road on the map you can read a brief explanation of the military relevance of the road's name and click-through to read a more detailed account of the person or battle memorialized.

Straßenkrieg reminds me a lot of the History of San Francisco Place Names. The History of San Francisco Place Names is a fascinating insight into the history of the names behind the city's landmarks and streets.

Click on any of the streets or landmarks, marked in blue on the map, and you can find out who it was named after or where its name originally came from.

Are these the most unusual Nottingham names ever?

University archivists unearth strange monikers from history

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted: July 16, 2014
A drawing of Nottingham's Market Square where markets and fair were held, in the 1800s
A drawing of Nottingham's Market Square where markets and fair were held, in the 1800s
Archivists at the University of Nottingham have unearthed a unique collection of strange names from their document collection.
blog post on the University's Manuscript and Special Collections website listed the names.
All the entries are from archives at the University and are taken from family and estate papers, business records and religious collections.
Kathryn Steenson, Assistant Archivist at the University said: "Some [of the names] were found by staff cataloguing the documents and others from the name-indexing our team of volunteers is working on."
Original Steele, of Clarborough, Nottingham, was presented before the Archdeaconry Court in 1612 for sexual immorality with the wife of William Tomlinson. His job was a ‘sometime’ churchwarden
Barefoot Booth was also a churchwarden in North Wheatley in the 1670s
Restored Bendall, a framework knitter of Nottingham St Mary, was brought before the Archdeaconry court in 1680 for not receiving Holy Communion
Dymock Wallpoole and Marmaduke Witham were among the parties mentioned in a deed poll dated 1704/5
- A baby girl was baptised with the name Mercy Puffin in 1718
- Mr and Mrs Crisp ensured a family surname was carried on when they baptised their son Madewell Crisp on 27th July 1726
Treverse Spilie, whose gender was not clear from records, was baptised in March 1728
Saintly Whitehead, a blacksmith of Trowell, Nottinghamshire, appears in the Archdeaconry Court records in 1774, but lived up to his honest name by acting as a bondsman to guarantee the good conduct of another
Hearsay Wood, aged 22, married Jane Foottitt in 1782 in Newark
Daft Smith, appears several times organising the financial affairs of the late businessman Samuel Morley in the 1790s.
Thoroton Pocklington appears in a series of vouchers and receipts in 1809-1810
Stockdale Avison was a member of Castle Gate Congregational Church in the 1830s
Kitty Bounds appears in a list of founder members of Broad Street General Baptist Church, Nottingham in 1817
- In the same year, Webster Whistler was engaged in correspondence with Lord William Bentinck


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Podiumsdiskussion "Namenforschung und Medien"

Einladung zur Podiumsdiskussion am 24. Oktober 2014 in Leipzig

In diesem Jahr begeht die Namenberatungsstelle an der Leipziger Universität ihren 20. Geburtstag. Aus diesem Anlass lädt die GfN ihre Mitglieder sowie Interessenten am 24. Oktober 2014 nach Leipzig zu einer Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema "Namenforschung und Medien" herzlich ein.
Jürgen Udolph (Zentrum für Namenforschung, Leipzig): Freud' und Leid' - Erfahrungen aus dem Kontakt mit Medien
Rita Heuser (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Mainz): "Das Thema Namen geht immer": Medienerfahrungen der Mainzer Namenprojekte
Sandra Reimann (Universität Regensburg): Vermittlung von Namen in der Öffentlichkeit als Beitrag zur Popularisierung der Wissenschaften

Dr. Sandra Reimann
Lutz Kuntzsch (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache, Wiesbaden): Von Leipzig durch die Welt nach Wiesbaden: Vornamen als Teil der Spracharbeit und Sprachberatung
Dietlind Kremer (Namenkundliches Zentrum Universität Leipzig): Akademisch, amtlich, populär – eine Gratwanderung
Susanne Baudisch (Dresden, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Namenforschung): Wissenschaftskommunikation digital in der Namenforschung. Chancen und Perspektiven
Dieter Kremer (Trier/Leipzig, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Namenforschung): Moderation
Kleiner Empfang
Im Anschluss gegen 18.00 Uhr
Mitgliederversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Namenforschung (GfN) e.V.
Freitag, 24. Oktober 2014, 15.00-17.30 Uhr
Universität Leipzig, Seminargebäude
Universitätsstraße 1, Raum S 420
04107 Leipzig
Namenkundliches Zentrum
c/o Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig
Tel. 0341 / 9737463

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Cognitive Onomastics" by Olena Karpenko

As you know, the programme of ICOS 2014 is already available and I would like just to point out some proposals which will be presented throughout the Congress. I am going to stress rather general and global works that contribute to the onomastics' development. 

I start with "Cognitive Onomastics" of Olena Karpenko (Olena is Ukrainian version of Russian "Elena"). You can enjoy it on Monday 25th August at 11:30. 

Olena Karpenko is from very "onomastic" family, her father is prominent Professor of Onomastics Yuri Karpenko and her mother Muza Chicherina researched on antroponomastics.  

Karpenko Elena Yurievna

Karpenko Elena Yurievna

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Candidate thesis: “Communicative Pragmatic Potential of the Proper Name in Science Fiction”, 1992, scientific advisor – Doctor of Philology, Professor Kukharenko V.A. Speciality 10.02.04. − Germanic languages.
Doctoral thesis: “Cognitive Onomastics as the Course of Study of Proper Names”, 2007, scientific consultant – Doctor of Philology, Professor Kolegaeva I.M. Speciality10.02.15. − general linguistics.
Professor Olena Yu. Karpenko is the editor of the scientific journal «Записки з ономастики» and works on the editorial board of other scientific linguistic editions. She is a regular member of the Dissertation Defence Board in Odessa and Kyiv (NAS of Ukraine).
Professor Elena Yu. Karpenko supervises scientific research work of students, Bachelors, Masters, postgraduate students, and co-aspirants.


a) theoretical:
History of the English Language;
Cognitive Onomastics;
b) practical:  Syntax.
Scholarly interests: Scholarly interests include the study of various aspects of the proper name functioning – their conceptualization and categorization in the mental lexicon as well as poetics of onym in fiction
Developed a new course of study of proper names – cognitive onomastics. Investigates the transformation of onyms in language mentality

Selected publications: