"Ours is a time of nationalism, chauvinism, fundamentalism, intolerance, migrations, expulsions, ethnic cleansing and mass killings, in which assimilation and self-assertion have become world-wide burning issues. Personal names are therefore playing a crucial role when people seek to define themselves and others"

Charles Kormos, 1997 (See note below)

[I realise that some of the links in this Section no longer work: I am trying to find alternatives (late Dec 2003)]

Is there a place in the curriculum for teaching naming systems? After all, between the ages of 13 and 18, we are discovering our own individuality. This section consists of just a few rough ideas. If any teacher takes up any of this material, or disagrees with any or all of it, please let me know.


Charles Kormos, the author of many essays, papers and articles on name studies, passed away in 1999. He was a writer, broadcaster, translator, journalist and editor, but also was in charge of research on Jewish surnames at the Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora in Ramat Aviv and its computerized Register of Family Names from 1983 to 1995.