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date: 05 July 2022

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Anthropologists have not found a single society which does not use personal names in some form; they are a human universal. However, the forms that these names take and the ways in which they are bestowed and used vary between cultures. This chapter provides an outline of the role of names, and of their potential role, within anthropological frameworks. The first section deals with our objects of study: the names, societies, and cultural contexts of people. The second discusses anthropology itself and how names might fit in with various strands of research within the discipline. The third concentrates on specific anthropologically-based studies of naming from a variety of contexts and perspectives.

Keywords: anthroponymy, anthropology, personal names, ethnography, onomastics, names, naming

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