Onomast

/ˈɒnəmast/
noun
A person who studies proper names, especially personal names.Origin
1980s: back-formation from onomastic.°°°°°°°°°°
Does a person seek a degree in order to be an onomast or can studying  Robert, Bob and Bobby be an amateur effort?

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My own name, Algot, is an unusual one, of Swedish origin. It was my father’s name, too, though we didn’t share middle names so I don’t get to be Algot, Jr.
I suppose those who are into family history. heraldry and geneology might qualify as amateur onomasts.
One definition even referred to onomastics, the real term for the study, as “the science” or study of origins of words, especially as used in a specialized field (along with the study of proper names).
Toponomastics, the study of place names and hydronyms, the study of bodies of water have helped historians to study the spread of cultures through a region.
Coincidence: On the day this word was posted, I read a related post: The names we choose to identify online don’t always work out to be unique. “NomadWarMachine”, a friend from the UK found that out recently and posted about the frustration .
Carole Hough, professor of onomastics at Glasgow University has written about the need for a degree.

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