Ethnics as Personal Names

P. M. Fraser

in Greek Ethnic Terminology

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264287
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753978 | DOI:

Series: Lexicon of Greek Personal Names

Ethnics as Personal Names

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This chapter does not provide a list of ethnics used as personal names. Rather, in the same manner as in earlier chapters, it presents indications of the probable range of factors, material and abstract, that may have contributed to the practice, and how and why it was first put into effect in individual locations and families. There is no single explanation for the use of ethnics as personal names, and in any individual case it can only be speculative unless explicitly stated. It may be presumed that any bestowal of a local name in ancient Greek society implied some association with the place or the ethnic in question, since, unlike in modern European languages, the name is used in an etymologically pure form, direct or derivative, and not in a condition modified by centuries of linguistic and historical development and change, deriving from obsolete forms of common nouns, often of foreign origin.

Keywords: material factors; abstract factors; ethnics; personal names; locations; families; common nouns

Chapter.  3934 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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