Vol. 37 No. 3 (1989)
Research Article

Origins of Unusual Given Names from the Southern United States

Published 1989-09-01



Given names in the South, often noted as unusual, have evolved from a variety of sources and by means of different mechanisms. Many of these names can be assigned to “clusters” (groups of equivalent forms) on the basis of regular spelling variations and on patterns of usage and can be analyzed like lexemes. Tables of data illustrate linguistic trends in name formation.


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