Why People Name Themselves
... DO WE NAME OURSELVES: FIRST NAMES
“Proper names, particularly the act of naming, is a well-established research topic in disciplines as diverse as anthropolocy, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, social psychology and sociology” (Valentine, Brennen & Bredart 1). A series of international Congresses of Onomastic Sciences facilitate discussion among researchers from various disciplines on their work on proper names including first names. Various criteria are taken into consideration, such as the interdependence of naming and social structure in various cultures, the relation between cultural history and the choice of a name, the poetics of name-giving or the logical status of lier...