Monday, July 31, 2023

Workshop: Geographical Names Data processing and Management


Workshop: Geographical Names Data processing and Management: Data processing, database management and production of geographical names information and gazetteers

Date: 26-Sep-2023

Location: Microsoft Teams, South Africa
Contact: Chrismi Loth
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Presenter: Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu, Convenor of the Working Group on Geographical Names Data Management of UNGEGN

Language: English. Indicate with registration if South African Sign Language interpretation is required.

- Building a database for GN management
- Disseminating GN for different purposes (using free and open-source software)
- GN: a "fundamental data theme" as referenced by UN-GGIM and standardized by UNGEGN
- Additional sub-topic: Linked Open Data considerations for GN management

After the name information has been gathered in the field, this information has to be stored and prepared for dissemination. Several methods exist for storing the data, from the paper cards being an old-fashioned but proved media, to the advanced digital techniques using databases. For storage of names information in a digital format, one has several options. Databases have the advantage that data can be connected with other information in other databases and that it can be processed in many ways.
When creating a database, one has to consider very carefully the layout and the structure of the database tables. Usually, the core table will hold one row for each geographical name. The definition of columns (fields) may vary considerably from country to country, but there are general rules that apply to most databases of geographical names. Typical fields associated with a geographical name are feature type, coordinates, variant names, textual description, source of the name information and status of the name. Several database software solutions can be used to create a database. The presentation will demonstrate how the database table structure can be defined and the data from the field collection can integrated. It can be explained how to import the database content into other systems, like geographic information systems (GIS). It can be demonstrated how to display names from the database in a GIS or by using Google Maps/Earth or other applications.
In a nutshell, the participants will learn on the layout, structure and characteristics of a names database, insert the data from the field collection into a database, print a gazetteer from the database and, if applicable, create a gazetteer and a map with the geographical names in a Geographical Information System (GIS).
In both communities, the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), geospatial information, as an underpinning enabling infrastructure, is used in general or with a distinct relation to geographical names. Geographical names are used throughout the world as a geographic identification system and thus have potential to inter-relate and cross-reference disparate data sources, both geospatial and non-geospatial. Standardised geographical names are essential for effective communication between citizens, governments of all levels, decision-makers, and policymakers. Furthermore, geographical names are often used for geocoding and mapping. They are considered to be a "fundamental data theme" as referenced by UN-GGIM. These relations between UNGEGN and UN-GGIM can be explained.

Some future trends as volunteered geographic information and crowd sourcing can be mentioned as well. Amongst others, that crowd-sourced content will decrease cost, improve accuracy, and increase availability of rich geospatial information. It is envisaged that progress will be made in future on bridging the gap between authoritative data and crowd-sourced data, moving towards true collaboration.

Registration for the 7th International Symposium on Place Names 2023 still open !


The presence of minority and indigenous languages in urban naming

Jointly organised by the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy and the UFS

Bloemfontein, South Africa

26-29 September 2023

Venue: Equitas Building, Bloemfontein Campus, University of the Free State (building 44 on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus Map)

About the ISPN

The vision of the International Symposium on Place Names series is to advance research on place names and to provide a platform for international collaboration in this regard. As such, in addition to the symposium, a related workshop usually directly precedes the symposium.

History of the ISPN

Prof Peter E Raper, one of South Africa’s foremost experts on the Bushman (San) substructures of place names, was appointed as a Professor Extraordinaire in Linguistics at the UFS in 2011. Subsequently, his host department, together with the now-defunct Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment, initiated the Place Names Symposium. The hosting of the symposium is now situated within the newly restructured Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
The symposium became an international occurrence when the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy came on board in 2015. Hosted every second year, this symposium is the only one in Southern Africa that focuses exclusively on toponomy. The 2011 symposium, entitled 'Planning name changes – the quest for authenticity', was hosted in Bloemfontein, as was the one in 2013 with the theme, 'Place names in a multilingual society'. The symposium in 2015, which focused on 'Place names, diversity and heritage', was held in Clarens. The University of Namibia collaborated to host the 2017 symposium, 'Critical toponymy: place names in political, historical and commercial landscapes', in Windhoek, Namibia. ISPN returned to Clarens in 2019 with the theme 'Recognition, regulation, revitalisation: place names and indigenous languages'. The 2021 symposium was hosted virtually, with the theme 'Standardisation and the wealth of place names - aspects of a delicate relationship'. Up to now, every symposium was followed by an accredited publication.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Myriam Vermeerbergen (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Prof. Thapelo Joseph Otlogetswe (University of Botswana, Botswana)

Language of the symposium and workshop

English, with professional South African Sign Language interpreting available. Please indicate requirement for SASL interpreting with registration.

Organising committee

Symposium Coordinator
Dr Chrismi Loth (University of the Free State, RSA)
Host: Prof Annalene van Staden (University of the Free State, RSA)
Resident members:
Prof Theodorus du Plessis (University of the Free State, RSA)
Dr Lucie A Möller (University of the Free State, RSA)
Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy:
IGU Chair: Prof Cosimo Palagiano (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
ICA Chair: Dr Matjaž Geršič (Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Slovenia)
ICA Past Chair: Prof Peter Jordan (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria / University of the Free State, RSA)
Common Vice-Chair: Prof Paulo Márcio Leal de Menezes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Member of the Steering Board: Prof Peter E Raper (University of the Free State, RSA)

Scientific panel

Prof Theodorus du Plessis (University of the Free State, RSA)
Prof Peter Jordan (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria / University of the Free State, RSA)
Prof ‘Maboleba Kolobe (National University of Lesotho, Lesotho)
Prof Paulo Márcio Leal de Menezes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Prof Cosimo Palagiano (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Dr Matjaž Geršič (Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Slovenia)
Dr Petrus Angula Mbenzi (University of Namibia, Namibia)
Dr Boga Manatsha (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Dr Sambulo Ndlovu (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe)

Second call for papers

Important dates

Abstract submissions open               27 February 2023 

Abstract submissions deadline 30 May 2023

Feedback from Scientific Panel 21 June 2023

Registrations open                 30 May 2023

Registrations close                 20 August 2023

Proof of payment deadline         20 August 2023

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Fees and registration

Standard: R 3,500
Student: R 3,000
Workshop only: R 500

Symposium registration fee includes:
- The usual conference amenities
- Morning and afternoon snacks, as well as lunch on conference days
- Access to the virtual 2023 ISPN Workshop (delegates may attend screening at conference venue)
- Access to the virtual 2023 Afrilex Workshop (delegates may attend screening at conference venue)
- Please indicate requirement for SASL interpreting with registration

Registration fee DOES NOT include
- The conference dinner (R 450 per person, limited drinks, cash bar available)
Excursion (R 820 per person)
- Delegates are responsible for their own transport and for booking their own accommodation (download information on Travel & Accommodation)

Registrations close 20 August and proof of payment is to be submitted by 20 August to

42nd Annual Congress of The Place Names Society of India


Glad to share the 1st circular of 42nd Annual Conference of The Place Names Society of India scheduled for three days on 8th, 9th and 10th of December 2023 at Andhra Kesari University, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Closing of the 8th Panhellenic Conference of Onomastics

 Today, there was the last day of the 8th Panhellenic Conference of Onomastics "Onomastics of Peloponnese" held from 28 to 30 July 2023. 
All in all, there were about 40 presentations, online broadcasting, workshop about the bookbinding, and many breath-cathing discussions.

Opening Session (28th July 2023): 

2nd Session (28th July 2023):

3rd and 4th Sessions (29th July 2023): 

5th and 6th Sessions (29th July 2023): 

7th and closing Sessions (30th July 2023): 


Thursday, July 27, 2023

Международный конкурс по ономастике «В мире имён и названий»


С 15 июля по 1 октября 2023 г. Автономная некоммерческая организация «Тамбовское библиотечное общество» в рамках проекта «„Мягкая сила“ русского языка», который реализуется при поддержке Министерства культуры Российской Федерации, с использованием гранта, предоставленного ООГО «Российский фонд культуры» в рамках федерального проекта «Творческие люди» национального проекта «Культура» проводит международный конкурс по ономастике «В мире имён и названий» для учащихся из КНР, Узбекистана, Казахстана, России.

Цель Конкурса — способствовать популяризации ономастических знаний и пробуждению интереса граждан любой страны знать, откуда произошли имена и фамилии знаменитых людей, прославивших Тамбовский край; что означает местность, где человек родился или жил, как слова, лежащие в основе той или иной фамилии или географической местности, соотносятся с русскоязычной культурой как частью мировой культуры.

Председателем оргкомитета Конкурса является Антонина Семеновна Щербак — российский лингвист, краевед, доктор филологических наук, профессор кафедры русского языка Института филологии ТГУ имени Г. Р. Державина.

Приглашаем принять участие в Конкурсе.

Положение о конкурсе

So entstanden unsere Familiennamen


Müller, Nowak, Schmidt – Woher stammen unsere Nachnamen? Darüber forscht die Namenforscherin Dr. Rita Heuser. Im Science Talk lüftet sie ein paar Geheimnisse.

In Deutschland gibt es etwa 850.000 Familiennamen. Die Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur in Mainz arbeitet an einem digitalen Wörterbuch der Familiennamen Deutschland (DFD). Im Rahmen dieses Projekts dokumentiert Frau Dr. Heuser, welche sprachlichen Muster von Familiennamen es gibt, wie sie tradiert wurden und was viele Namen über Herkunft und soziale Schicht ihrer Träger aussagen.

Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Familiennamen Deutschland finden Sie hier.

Kyrgyzstan legalizes matronymic names

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The Judicial Board of the Constitutional Court of the Kyrgyz Republic has recognized the need to develop the institution of mating / matronym in Kyrgyzstan.

The Kyrgyz government is currently developing amendments to the legislation on the institution of mating / matronym, giving the right to children over the age of 16 to indicate in documents instead of patronymic names, that is, the name of the mother.

Kyrgyz female activist Altyn Kapalova wrote on her Facebook page on July 2 that Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Court had ordered the Government to legalize matronymic names following her long-running battle to allow children to choose to use their mother's name instead of their father's as part of their full legal names in documents.

The legislation would allow children to choose which of their parents' names to use when they reach 16, Ms. Kapalova wrote on her Facebook page. 

“That is any adult can have the mother's name as a middle name.  I would like thank the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and congratulate my 16-year-old son Daniyar Altynovich Kapalov, who will soon go to get a passport and be able to take my name as a middle name.  I was especially pleased with the Constitutional Court’s wording “matronym / mating institution,” Ms. Kapalova wrote on her Facebook page.  

Kyrgyz media reports say Ms. Kapalova, a single mother of several children, has fought for the change for years.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Chosen, Bestowed, Acquired, Assigned: Names and Naming in Youth Literature


Edited by I. M. Nick and Anne W. Anderson


Just as names are among the first and most basic means by which we order and make sense of our world, so too do names in works of literature help readers order and make sense of created worlds. Moreover, names in literature often connote more than they denote. This edited collection will consider how names, depictions of naming practices, and explorations of name theory in youth literature can enrich our understanding of created worlds and, by implication, of our real world. For the purposes of this collection, we draw on the Children’s Literature Association’s conception of literature as “books, films, and other media created for, or adopted by, children and young adults around the world, past, present, and future" (


Chapters proposed for this volume might address names, naming, and name theory in youth literature of any media and/or modality, from any perspective, and using the analytical tools of any discipline. From the names of places, people, animals, and plants to the monikers of fairies and goblins, cyborgs and droids, any type of name from any time period or from any language is welcome. Please see the American Name Society’s glossary of naming terminology ( The primary works examined may be fiction or non-fiction. The only subject-matter stipulation for submission is that the primary intended reading audience of the piece(s) of literature investigated must be youth (i.e., children, adolescents, and/or early adults).


The following is a partial list of possible topics, but we also welcome being surprised by other pertinent suggestions.



Proposal Submission Process


For further information about this call, please feel free to contact Dr. Anne W. Anderson ( We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Sunday, July 23, 2023

VIII Xornada de Onomástica


The VIII Xornada de Onomastica will start on October 21, 2023, at the Museum of Pontevedra, and will explore the role of toponyms and antroponyms in popular culture.

The one-day meeting of the Seminario de Onomástica of the Royal Galician Academy (Real Academia Galega, RAG) is organized in collaboration with the Diputación de Pontevedra and the Pontevedra museum. This year's edition will pay special attention to the presence of the people and place names in the popular songs.

In addition, there will be time to learn about experiences from the educational world related to the theme, which will be closed with a musical performance by Tralo-Valo. The sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon. The morning session will continue with a contribution by Antonio Reigosa Carreiras on onomastics in Galician oral tradition tales and a review of the relationship between onomastics and anthropology in Galicia by Elena Freire Paz. The afternoon session will start with a report by Carlos Baliñas Pérez on the social usages of cognomen (nicknames, sobriquets, family names...) in early medieval Galicia and will continue with a contribution from the world of didactics.

The toponyms, antroponyms and the names of saints in the songbooks will be the focus of the first three reports, given by Domingo Blanco, Xosé Miranda Ruíz and Xosé Ramiro Cuba Rodríguez, respectively.

Those interested in attending the conference in person should register by sending an email before October 18 to .

Programme of the 8th Panhellenic Conference of Onomastics

 Please, find the programme of the 8th Panhellenic Conference of Onomastics "Onomastics of Peloponnese" here. The Conference will be held during next week from 28 to 30 July 2023. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Call for Papers: Medieval Onomastics in times of crisis and stasis at IMC2024


Hello my friends! Putting out a Call for Papers for the International Medieval Congress 2024 at the University of Leeds on medieval onomastics in times of crisis and stasis. Please retweet! #IMC2024

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Ономастика саласы – қоғамдық маңызға ие сала

Тәуелсіздік алғалы еліміздің тарихын қалпына келтіру, ұлы тұлғаларды ұлықтау, ұлттық кодымызды сақтау және жаңғырту бойынша кеңейтілген іс-шаралар өтіп келеді. Осы бағытта ерекше атап өтетін сала – ономастика саласы.

Call for Papers: ANS 2024


Call for Papers
ANS 2024, Online


17 February 2024


The American Name Society is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. After considering an official proposal made on May 8, 2023, the ANS Executive Council voted to hold the 2024 Annual Conference online, as a 1-day event; the ANS expects to hold additional 1-day conferences during the remainder of 2024. Thus, the 2024 ANS conference will not be held in conjunction with the LSA meeting, which is still slated to be held in person, 4-7 January 2024 in New York City. 
Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome: personal names, place names, business and institutional names, names theory, names in literature, among others.  
Proposals require these elements:

  • Title of proposed paper
  • 250-word abstract
  • Shorter 100-word abstract suitable for inclusion in conference program
  • 50-word biography suitable for inclusion in conference program

To submit a proposal, complete the 2024 Author Information Form found here:
Email completed form to Dr. Michel Nguessan at this address: 
For organizational purposes, include this phrase in the subject line: ANS 2024 Proposal
The DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts is August 31, 2023.  
All proposals will be subjected to blind review. Notification of proposal acceptances will be sent by September 30, 2023. Authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of ANS. Please contact Dr. Michel Nguessan at the above email address if you have any questions or concerns. 

Click here to download a PDF of this Call for Papers. Updates will be posted to the ANS conferences website.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Call for Papers: ICOS Congress 2024


Call for papers for the 28th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (19–23 August 2024, Helsinki, Finland) is now open! The deadline for the paper proposals is 31 October 2023. More information in the file.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Founder of the Voronezh Onomastic School: 80th Anniversary of Professor Gennady Kovalev


15 июля 2024 г. исполняется 80 лет Геннадию Филипповичу Ковалеву — выдающемуся российскому филологу, слависту, видному специалисту по ономастике славянских языков, доктору филологических наук, профессору, заведующему кафедрой славянской филологии Воронежского государственного университета, руководителю научно-исследовательской лаборатории воронежского лингвокраеведения им. проф. В. И. Собинниковой, основателю Воронежской ономастической школы.

Выставка из цикла «Памятные даты Воронежского края» приурочена к 80-летию Геннадия Филипповича Ковалева, лингвиста, профессора-слависта, преподавателя, заведующего кафедрой славянской филологии Воронежского государственного университета, руководителя Воронежской ономастической школы. Им написано более 220 научных трудов.

В экспозиции представлены работы ученого: «Биографизм ономастики А.А. Платонова», «Ономастическое пространство поэтического творчества Игоря Северянина», «Старославянский язык» и другие. Биографические сведения о Г.Ф. Ковалеве можно почерпнуть из его статьи «Семейная легенда Никитиных-Ковалевых» (2016). В альманахе «Университетская площадь» (2020, № 11) опубликовано интервью с Геннадием Филипповичем, где он делится воспоминаниями о детстве, об учебе в университете, о том, как пришел в профессию. Дополняют выставку материалы из периодических изданий.