1345.17 - Anthroponomastics (BA)

Course number
Anthroponomastics (BA)
Students must have completed the required core component of the BA in Faroese. This course can also be taken as an individual course with other prerequisites (please refer to the academic programme in force).
To provide students with a foundation in how people have been named since the earliest times and how they are named today.
The oldest known Norse naming convention is the variant convention, meaning that people in the same family share one element of a name, while the other changes. Another naming convention is giving names that begin with the same letter, known as the alliteration convention. These two conventions are described on the course. Another common naming tradition, naming a person after another, will also be discussed up to the earliest accounts. The course will touch on all naming conventions and traditions over time. Information will be provided on the impact of the introduction of Christianity on naming. The tradition of giving multiple names will be described along with the impact it has had on, for example, women’s names. Other traditions that emerged in conjunction with the tradition of giving several names will also be described such as naming after Friday, Sunday and calendar days. Names of twins will also be discussed, as will abbreviations, nicknames and epithets. The origins of names will also be examined and students will group names in different categories according to origin. The course will touch on lemmatization and the derivation of women’s names from men’s names (movering). The course will provide an overview of the three Faroese legislative acts on naming persons dating from 1992, 2002 and 2007, respectively. Students will also receive information about terminology used in the field of anthroponomastics, search histories and results. Students will be required to read articles and treatises discussing these topics. Students will be informed about sources of information about names from different periods; students are expected to learn to apply research methods to discussing material on names.
Learning and teaching approaches
The duration of the course is three hours a week over one semester. The approaches used are class-based teaching and student presentations.
Learning outcomes
Successful students can demonstrate that they have acquired: • basic theoretical knowledge about Anthroponomastics • basic knowledge about different naming conventions • basic knowledge about the conventions and traditions of naming people after others • knowledge about grouping personal names in categories by origin • in-depth knowledge about lemmatization of personal names • knowledge about Faroese naming legislation
Assessment method
Six-hour written examination. Students are allowed to bring Faroese dictionaries and a book of names to the examination.
Articles and treatises on Anthroponomastics.
Anfinnur Johansen