Onomastic Research Worldwide

compiled by Dr. Eugen Schochenmaier

International OrganisationsLocationCountryYear
International Council of Onomastic Sciences(network)——-1949
American Name Society(network)USA1951
Commission of Slavic Onomastics / Komisja Onomastyki SłowiańskiejInternational Committee of Slavists——-1958
Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (aka “Council for Name Studies in Great Britain and Ireland” before 1991)(network)UK + Ireland1960
Nordic Cooperative Committee for Onomastic Research / NORdiska samarbetskomittén för NAmnforskning(network)——1971
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Namenforschung(network)Germany1990
Laboratorio Internazionale di Onomastica (closed 2021)University of RomeItaly2006
Department of Slavic OnomasticsWroclaw UniversityPoland2021

Academic Centres / Units / Departments Location Country Year
Section for Name Research / Seksjon for namnegranskingUniversity of OsloNorway1921
Instituut voor Naamkunde en Dialectologie (aka “Institut d’Onomastique / Instituut voor Naamkunde” before 1975, aka “Instituut voor Vlaamsche Toponymie” before 1947)Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium1923
Commissie voor Naamkunde (closed in 1968)AmsterdamNetherlands1925
Commission Royale de Toponymie et de Dialectologie / Commissie voor Toponymie en DialectologieAcadémie Royale de BelgiqueBelgium1926
Department of Archives and Research, Onomastic SectionInstitute for Language and Folklore, UppsalaSweden1928
Section de linguistique, d’ethnologie et d’onomastiqueInstitut grand-ducalLuxembourg1935
Research Unit for Onomastics / Forschungsstelle für NamenkundeInstitute of Germanic Languages and Literatures, BernSwitzerland1938
Nammekundich Wurkforbân / Onomastic Working GroupFryske AkademieNetherlands1948
Name Research Section (aka “Institut for Navneforskning” before 2003) / Afdeling for NavneforskningUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark1950
Board for Onomastics (aka “Inter-Academic Board for Onomastics” before 1991) / Одбор за ономастикуSerbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, BelgradeSerbia1952
Department of Onomastics and Etymology (aka “Department of Croatian Language History, Dialectology and Onomastics” before 2005) / Odjel za onomastiku i etimologijuInstitute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, ZagrebCroatia1952
Department of Onomastics (aka “Onomastic Workshop” before 1973) / Pracownia OnomastykiPolish Academy of Sciences, KrakówPoland1953
Leipziger Namenkundliche ArbeitsgruppeUniversität LeipzigGermany1954
Centre for Dialect and Name Studies / Centrale voor Dialect- en Naamkunde (closed in 1988)Katholieke Universiteit NijmegenNetherlands1958
Etymological-Onomastic Section / Etimološko-onomastična sekcijaInstitute of the Slovenian Language, LiublianaSlovenia1958
Research Centre of the Baltic Languages and Onomastics / Baltų kalbų ir vardyno tyrimų centras (aka “Department of Onomastics” before 2015, aka “Toponymy Group” before 1991)Institute of the Lithuanian LanguageLithuania1958
Ukrainian Onomastic Commission / Українська ономастична комісіяPotebnia Institute of LinguisticsUkraine1959
Department of History of the Ukrainian Language and Onomastics / Відділ історії української мови та ономастикиNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineUkraine1960
Department of Onomastics / Oddělení onomastikyCzech Academy of Sciences, PragueCzechia1960
Etymology and Onomastics Department / Отдел этимологии и ономастикиRussian Academy of Sciences, MoscowRussia1961
Centre d’onomastiqueArchives nationales, ParisFrance1961
Ural School of Onomastics, Etymology and Ethnolinguistics / Уральская школа ономастики, этимологии и этнолингвистикиUniversity of EkaterinburgRussia1961
Department for Name Studies / Afdeling voor naamkunde (closed in 1999)University of GroningenNetherlands1962
Centro di ricerca per la storia e l’onomastica ticinese / Forschungsstelle für Tessiner Geschichte und NamenkundeUniversität ZürichSwitzerland1964
Abteilung “Deutsch-Slavische Namenforschung”Universität LeipzigGermany1965
Department of Onomastics / Оддел за ономастикаSs. Cyril and Methodius University of SkopjeNorth Macedonia1966
Departamentul de Dialectologie, geografie lingvistică, fonetică, onomastică (aka “Departamentul de Onomastică” /”Sectorul de Onomastică” before)Institutul de Lingvistică „Iorgu Iordanˮ al Academiei Române din BucureștiRomania1967
Institut für Österreichische Dialekt- und Namenlexika (aka “Kommission für Mundartkunde und Namenforschung” before 1993)Austrian Academy of Sciences, ViennaAustria1969
Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research (closed in 2015)Umeå UniversitySweden1970
Department of Name Studies (aka “Place-Name Institute of Iceland” before 2006, aka “Place-Name Institute of the National Museum” before 1998 )Archive of Icelandic Place Names, Árni Magnússon InstituteIceland1970
Onomastic Research Center (aka “South African Centre of Onomastic Sciences” before 1981)Human Sciences Research Council, PretoriaRepublic of South Africa1970
Department of Onomastics / Ономастика бөліміNational Academy of Sciences of the Republic of KazakhstanKazakhstan1970
Names Archive at Institute for the Languages of Finland / Kotimaisten kielten keskusFinnish Ministry of Education and CultureFinland1976
Onomastics Section / Секция „Ономастика“Bulgarian Academy of SciencesBulgaria1976
Department of Toponymy / Departamentul de toponimieInstitute of Romanian Philology A. Philippide IaşiRomania1977
Japan Place Name Research Center / 日本地名研究所KawasakiJapan1981
Placenames Research CenterUniversity of AlabamaUSA1982
Forschungsstelle Siedlungsnamen des Kantons ZürichUniversität ZürichSwitzerland1984
Centre of Bulgarian Onomastics “Nikolay Kovachev” / Центърът по българска ономастика “Проф. Николай Ковачев”University of Veliko TarnovoBulgaria1985
Department of the Onomastics / Onomastika şöbəsiNational Academy of SciencesAzerbaijan1987
Forschungsstelle Solothurnisches Orts- und FlurnamenbuchUniversität BaselSwitzerland1989
Institute for Name-Studies (aka “Centre for English Name Studies” before 2002)University of NottinghamUK1992
Research Group on OnomasticsUniversity of DebrecenHungary1995
China Institute of Toponymy / 地名研究所成Ministry of Civil AffairsChina1995
Gabinet d’OnomàsticaUniversitat de les Illes BalearsSpain1995
Chair of Grammar of Contemporary Polish Language and Onomastics / Zakład Gramatyki Współczesnego Języka Polskiego i OnomastykiAdam Mickiewicz University, PoznańPoland1996
Department of Slovak History, Onomastics and Etymology / Oddelenie dejín slovenčiny, onomastiky a etymológieSlovak Academy of Sciences, BratislavaSlovakia1997
Forschergruppe NAMENUniversität RegensburgGermany1998
Onomastic Studies UnitUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalRepublic of South Africa2000
Centro Studi e Ricerche di Onomastica (aka “Centro studi onomastica piemontese” before 2020)University of TurinItaly2001
Department of Onomastics / Névtani TagozatHungarian Linguistic SocietyHungary2005
Centre of Onomastics / Centrul de onomasticăTechnical University of Cluj-Napoca, Baia MareRomania2009
Research Group on Hungarian Language History and Toponomastics / Magyar Nyelv- és Névtörténeti KutatócsoportHungarian Academy of
Sciences
Hungary2013
Digital Laboratory of Toponymy / Laboratorul Digital de ToponimieInstitute of Romanian Philology A. Philippide IaşiRomania2017
UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Toponymy / Chaire Unesco en toponymie inclusive «Dénommer le monde»University of GenevaSwitzerland2021
Department of Onomastics / Zakład OnomastykiUniversity of RzeszówPoland
West Polissya Onomastic and Dialectological Center / Західнополіський ономастико-діалектологічний центрLesya Ukrainka Volyn National UniversityUkraine
Research Group for OnomasticsUniversity of BergenNorway
Indigenous Toponymy Research GroupRoyal Holloway University of LondonUK
Toponymic Research Center and Laboratory / 지명 조사 연구 기구South Korea

Onomastics Societies / AssociationsLocation / InstituteCountryYear
Commission de toponymie (aka “Commission de géographie” before 1977)Gouvernement du QuébecCanada1912
Verband für Orts- und Flurnamenforschung in Bayern (aka “Verband für Flurnamensammlung” before 1977)München, BavariaGermany1920
Oficina d’Onomàstica (aka “Oficina de Toponímia i Onomàstica” before 1992)Institut d’Estudis Catalans, BarcelonaCatalonia1921
English Place-Name SocietyUniversity of NottinghamEngland1923
South Swedish Placename SocietySwedish National Archive in LundSweden
Place-Name Society of Uppsala / Ortnamnssällskapet i UppsalaUppsalaSweden1935
Ulster Place-Name SocietyQueen’s University, BelfastNorthern Ireland1952
The Placenames BranchDepartment of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and MediaRepublic of Ireland1955
Arbeitskreis für Namenforschung(network)Germany1957
Société Française d’Onomastique(network)France1960
Canadian Society for the Study of Names / Société Canadienne d’Onomastique(network)Canada1967
Kommission für Mundart- und Namenforschung WestfalensLandschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, MünsterGermany1972
Limburgian Dialect and Name Society / Vereniging voor Limburgse Dialect- en NaamkundeLimburgBelgium/Netherlands1975
Place Names Society of IndiaMysoreIndia1978
Societat d’OnomàsticaBarcelonaSpain1980
Association Onomastique GrecqueAthensGreece1980
Names Society of Southern Africa(network)Republic of South Africa1981
Norwegian Society for Name Studies / Norsk Namnelag(network)Norway1983
Associazione “Onomastica & Letteratura”PisaItaly1994
Scottish Place-Name Society(network)Scotland1996
Network of Finnish Onomastics(network)Finland1998
Asociación Galega de OnomásticaSantiago de CompostelaSpain1999
Adriatic Centre for Onomastics and Ethnolinguistics (aka “Adriatic Onomastic Research Center” before 2019) / Centar za jadransku onomastiku i etnolingvistikuUniversity of ZadarCroatia2003
New Society for Applied Toponymy / Neue Gesellschaft für Angewandte Toponymie (closed in 2016)by Cordula DausGermany2009
Welsh Place-name Society(network)Wales2011
Zentrum für NamenforschungProf. J. Udolph, Leipzig/SchwanewedeGermany2011
Société Basque d’Onomastique / Onomastika Elkartea(network)Spain2016
New Trends in Nordic Socio-onomastics(network)——–2018
Polish Onomastic Society / Polskie Towarzystwo OnomastyczneKrakówPoland2018
African Neotoponymy Observatory in NetworkUniversity of GenevaSwitzerland2018
Onomastic Observatory / Observatório onomástico(network)Brazil2020
Société savante d’onomastique en AlgérieCentre de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle, OranAlgeria2021