Join Us at our January General Meeting Saturday, January 28th 2017, 10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Topic: Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy
Speaker: Martha Wallace
Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names. Names were originally used to identify characteristics of a person. However, over time, some of those original meanings have been lost. Additionally, many cultures developed patterns to further identify a person and to carry on names within families. In genealogy, knowing the naming patterns of a cultural or regional group can lead to breaking down brick walls.
We will explore patronymics and matronymics in many languages and look at the naming patterns practiced by four different socio-religious groups in four areas of early American settlement.