Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

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

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.