Name Research Section – University of Copenhagen

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Name Research Section

The Name Research Section deals with Nordic names, especially Danish place-names and personal names, as well as runes. Research and teaching are conducted in the following areas:

  • Onomastics
  • Runology
  • Lexicography

It is the purpose of the section to

  • Publish Danish place-names and personal names
  • To function as the secretariat for Place-Name Commission (see below)
  • To perform consultancy work for public authorities dealing with place-names and personal names

The researchers at the section can answer questions from the public regarding place-names and personal names as well as runes.

The section houses various large collections of material pertaining to names, but the collections of place-names and personal names constitute the largest part of the collection along with the map collection.

A significant part of the research effort is oriented towards publication of place-names and personal names, first and foremost in the series Danmarks Stednavne (The Place-Names of Denmark).

History

Systematic name research in Denmark began in 1910, and the Name Research Section is the direct descendant of the office which was established in 1910 in connection with the founding of the – still extant – Place Name Commission.

In 1960 the office of the Place Name Commission was moved to the University of Copenhagen under the name Institute for Name Research, and in 2003 it became a section of the Department of Nordic Research.