Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Former President of the Galician Association of Onomastics elected as full member at the Royal Galician Academy


We congratulate the new full member of the Royal Galician Academy Prof. Ana Boullón. 

She is a well-known researcher in the fields of Galician anthroponymy, toponymy, and lexicography. 

The Royal Galician Academy will hold on the 11th December the extraordinary public session for Ana Boullón Agrelo to become a full member of the institution. The event will take place at 12:30 pm at the Teatro Cine Elma in Pobra do Caramiñal (Rúa Rafael Calleja, 51), the philologist's hometown. 

The new full member will give a lecture entitled "Todos os nomes: identidade, pobo, país". Prof. Ana Boullón Agrelo will occupy the vacant chair after the passing of Xosé Luís Franco Grande in March 2020.

Since 2012 Ana Boullón Agrelo has been Professor of Galician Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Instituto da Lingua Galega) and member of the Onomastics Seminar at the Royal Galician Academy. 

She has also headed the Galician Association of Onomastics, where she is still a member of the Board of Directors.


Prof. Ana Boullón has published inter alia several dictionaries of forenames and surnames. She is also taking part together with Xulio Sousa in the project "Galician Surname Maps" (Cartografía dos apelidos de Galicia). The GSM provides facts about the frequency and distribution of more than 5 million surnames in Galicia based on the 2001 census.

Currently, also on behalf of the Royal Galician Academy, she is coordinating the preparation of the Dictionary of Galician Surnames and the publication of the Guide on Galician Surnames, which will be available on the website of the Royal Galician Academy. 

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