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Anthroponomastics (or anthroponymy) is the study of the names of human beings.[1] The study of anthroponyms (from Greek ἄνθρωπος anthrōpos, 'human' and ὄνομα onoma, 'name'), is a branch of onomastics. Besides linguists, researchers in many fields take part in anthroponymic studies, including anthropologists,[2] historians,[3] political geographers [4] and genealogists.

The subdivisions of anthroponymy include:

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  1. ^ Robert Fossier (2010). The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 34. ISBN 1-4008-3614-X. 
  2. ^ Oliviu Felecan (2012). Name and Naming: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-4438-3807-8. 
  3. ^ Ziolkowska, Magdalena (2011). "Anthroponomy as an Element Identifying National Minority" (PDF). Eesti ja soome-ugri keeleteaduse ajakiri. Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (ESUKA – JEFUL). 2 (1): 383–398. 
  4. ^ Rodríguez, Francisco Javier Pérez. (March 4, 2012). Review of Anthroponymie et migrations dans la chrétienté médiévale (Anthroponymy and Migration in Medieval Christianity) edited by Monique Bourin and Pascual Martínez Sopena. The Medieval Review. Indiana University. Retrieved September 11, 2017.