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Origin of onomastics

First recorded in 1930–35; see origin at onomastic, -ics
Related formson·o·mas·ti·cian [on-uh-muh-stish-uh n] /ˌɒn ə məˈstɪʃ ən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for onomastics


  1. (functioning as singular) the study of proper names, esp of their origins
  2. (functioning as singular or plural) a systematization of the facts about how proper names are formed in a given language
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Word Origin and History for onomastics

"scientific study of names and naming," 1936, from onomastic; also see -ics.

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