The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) is the international organisation for all scholars who have a special interest in the study of names (place-names, personal names, and proper names of all other kinds). The aim of the Council is the advancement, representation and co-ordination of name research on an international level and in an interdisciplinary context.

L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) est l'organisation internationale de tous les chercheurs ayant les noms propres pour objet d'étude (noms de personne, noms de lieu et autres noms propres). L'organisation a pour but d'encourager, représenter et coordonner la recherche onomastique au niveau international et en contexte interdisciplinaire. Elle remplace l'ancien International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, ‘club fermé’ réservé aux représentants nationaux cooptés, à l'exclusion des chercheurs individuels.

Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) ist die internationale Organisation aller Forscher, die sich mit Namen (Ortsnamen, Personennamen und sonstigen Eigennamen) beschäftigen. Ziel der Organisation ist die Förderung, die Vertretung und die Koordination der Namenforschung auf internationaler Ebene und im interdisziplinären Zusammenhang. Diese neue Vertretung löst das alte International Committee of Onomastic Sciences ab, das als ‘geschlossene Gesellschaft’ ausschliesslich Vertreter eines Landes kooptierte und Einzelforschern nicht offenstand.

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NORNA: 48th symposium in Gothenburg "Names in Writing" (Nov. 2018)

Call for papers

29–30 November 2018, University of Gothenburg and Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg

Colloque de la Société française d'onomastique en 2018

La Société Française d'Onomastique
Le laboratoire CLLE-ERSS UMR 5263 / Lo laboratòri CLLE-ERSS UMR 5263
CNRS-Université Jean-Jaurès de Toulouse / CNRS-Universitat Joan-Jaurés de Tolosa
et / e
Lo Congrès permanent de la lenga occitana
avec le soutien de la DGLFLF et de l’OPLO / dambe lo sosteng de la DGLFLF e de l’OPLO
ainsi que du département Lettres modernes, cinéma et occitan / tanplan coma deu departament Letras modèrnas, cinèma e occitan
organisent le / organizan lo
XViiie Colloque d'Onomastique / XViiien Collòqui d'Onomastica

20th NSSA International Congress

20th NSSA International Congress
"Onomastics versus traditions of analytic philosophy and logic"

First call for papers

The Names Society of Southern Africa (NSSA), in collaboration with MER Mathivha Centre of African Languages, Arts and Culture at the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, invites onomasticians all over the world to submit abstracts for the 2018 bi-annual international congress.

Date: 18-20 September 2018

Venue: Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane, South Africa

Theme: Onomastics versus traditions of analytic philosophy and logic


Happy New Year!

Dear friends, colleagues, members and name researchers, ICOS wishes you a fruitful and promising 2018!

Let the New Year bring health, peace and love, and let fulfill our desires and research objectives.

Warmest thoughts and Best Wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year 2018!

onomastically yours,


"Use of place names in public space" Session by ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy

Dear colleagues,

The International Geographical Union (IGU) organizes 4-6 June 2018 in Moscow [Moskva] a Thematic Conference on “Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges” (, which will also be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the largest and oldest geographical research organization in Russia.

Curs sobre onomàstica catalana: la recerca toponímica

El curs s’iniciarà el 6 de febrer de 2018 i s’impartirà a la Sala Puig i Cadafalch de l’IEC (carrer del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona) durant cinc dimarts consecutius, de 16.00 a 18.30 h.

Objectiu del curs


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