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Call for papers: 27th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Krakow, Poland, August 23-28 2019

The International Council of Onomastic Sciences is pleased to invite you to the 27th Congress of Onomastic Sciences, which will take place in Krakow, on August 23rd-28th, 2020. 
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Tempting...

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ICOS has got a new website

The International Council of Onomastic Sciences has announced the launch of their newly redesigned website.

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Royals, Celebs, Exes: The Top 10 Baby Naming No-Nos, According To Parents | HuffPost Life

Royals, Celebs, Exes: The Top 10 Baby Naming No-Nos, According To Parents | HuffPost Life | Name News | Scoop.it
One in six women choose their child’s name long before pregnancy.
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Mystery Monday: Cassabai

Mystery Monday: Cassabai | Name News | Scoop.it
We seem to be following an Italian trend lately! But this name is only Italian obliquely. One source we’ve been working through (we mentioned it before, in a Mystery Monday post on Uliana) is notarial records from mid-14th century Florence, which records the names of many enslaved men, women, and children, most of “Tartar” origin.
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Call for Submissions: Names, Naming, Identity, and the Law

Professor I. M. Nick, Editor-in-Chief of NAMES and Immediate Past President of the American Name Society, has issued a call for book chapter proposals on the topic of Names, Naming, Identity, and the Law. This call is for chapter proposals that critically address one of the following two sub-areas:

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The Helsinki Scientific Award was granted to name researcher

The City of Helsinki Scientific Award in 2019 was granted to Finnish onomatologist Terhi Ainiala, professor of Finnish language specialising in onomastics at the University of Helsinki. 
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Mystery Monday: Adoma

Mystery Monday: Adoma | Name News | Scoop.it
While many Italian names come in masculine/feminine pairs, which provides a great springboard for research, we don’t know of any masculine Italian name Adomo — it’s tempting to connect the name to Adam, but the vowel shift is otherwise unwitnessed. So we’re looking for clues to help resolve two names: The actual Adoma and the potential Adomo. Have you found either of these before? Do you have any thoughts about their origins? Please share in the comments!

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Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name'

Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name' | Name News | Scoop.it
Black Asian Minority and Ethic workers, also known as BAME, revealed they have directly or indirectly been told to use more English sounding names in the workplace.
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Mystery Monday: Zira/Ziros

Mystery Monday: Zira/Ziros | Name News | Scoop.it
Today we’re looking at a pair of names, because given where they are both found, and the similarity in their sound/spelling, we’re wondering if they aren’t perhaps related.

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Mystery Monday: Yeneke

Mystery Monday: Yeneke | Name News | Scoop.it
But we’d love to see any concrete evidence that others have connecting forms like Yeneke directly back to the root name John. If you’ve got any, please share in the comments!
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Do you look like your name?

Do you look like your name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
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Call for Papers: The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature, Ahwaz, Iran, February 1-2 2020

The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature is organized by different universities and research centers. Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation in English, Arabic or Persian.
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Field experiment uses fake emails to measure gender and racial bias among startup investors

Field experiment uses fake emails to measure gender and racial bias among startup investors | Name News | Scoop.it
"We were surprised to find bias in favor of female and Asian entrepreneurs at this initial stage of the investment pipeline," Strebulaev says. "That doesn't mean there's no discrimination against them overall—we know the pipeline is leaky, but we don't know where."

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Umfrage: Phantasienamen und soziale Herkunft = Survey: fancy names and social background

Eine Studentin der TU Dresden hat einen Online-Fragebogen erstellt, bei dem möglichst viele Lehrkräfte von ihren Erfahrungen in der Schule berichten sollen.
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Are you a teacher in Germany? If so, take this survey!

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Third Call for Papers: ANS 2020, New Orleans, LA, January 2-5, 2020

The deadline is fast approaching!

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Stingl: Her name is Marijuana Pepsi, and she just got her doctorate

Stingl: Her name is Marijuana Pepsi, and she just got her doctorate | Name News | Scoop.it
She interviewed black students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she received her bachelor's degree, about the effect of their distinctly black names on their treatment by teachers and on their academic achievement. The young people were eager to talk on this topic.
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Greek Onomastics: East of the Mediterranean Naming and Culture in the Roman Near East and the Greek Far East, June 28-29 2019, Oxford, UK

A two-day conference of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names “Greek Onomastics East of the Mediterranean: Naming and Culture in the Roman Near East and the Greek Far East” will be held at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University, in June 28-29 2019.

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Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, June 3, 2019

On Monday, June 3 2019, the Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names will be held. The day-long conference will take place in the Midrasha (Building 405), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. The conference is supported by the Faculty of Jewish Studies and the Koschitzky Fund, Bar-Ilan University.

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What Baby Names Say About Their Parents' Politics

What Baby Names Say About Their Parents' Politics | Name News | Scoop.it
Baby names are an extremely personal choice, but according to recent research, they're also an increasingly political one. There are conservative baby names and liberal baby names, and you might not even know it.
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Call for NAMES Editorial Board Members

To compensate for the growing number of submissions NAMES is receiving, the number of article reviewers for the Editorial Board is being expanded. 
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Mystery Monday: Wexbert

Mystery Monday: Wexbert | Name News | Scoop.it
Doesn’t Wexbert sound like it’s someone’s idea of what a medieval name is, rather than being an actual medieval name?
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Call for Papers: ANS 2020, New Orleans, LA, January 2-5, 2020

The American Name Society (ANS) is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. The 2020 conference will be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome.
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I don't think 2020 will be the year I go...but one day!

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