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date: 19 January 2020

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The notion that names and identity are closely intertwined has long been seen as self-evident in onomastic literature, and during recent decades, the identity approach has become increasingly popular. However, although a close relationship between name and identity is often stated as a fact, it is seldom further substantiated, critically examined or scientifically proved. The aim of this chapter is to provide the reader with such a resource. It gives an overview of theoretical and methodological tools for the study of names and identity, outlines current trends and gaps within the field, and gives key references for further reading. The focus is on names in contemporary times, primarily personal names; but other name categories are also included to some extent.

Keywords: identity, personal identity, social identity, cultural identity, perceived identity, name change, digital names, names in interaction

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