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Online Resources for Ancient Names


  • Name, Namengebung by D. O. Edzard et al (German; from the Google Book version of Reallexikon der Assyriologie, vol. 9)


ANATOLIAN (Hittite, Luwian, Palaic, etc.)

ARAMAIC (including Syriac)

AKKADIAN (Assyrian and Babylonian)

CANAANITE (including Ammonite, Punic, Ugaritic, etc.)

CELTIC (Early British, Celtiberian, Gaulish, etc.)

EGYPTIAN (including Coptic)






LATIN (and related languages: Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, etc.)

PERSIAN (including Avestan, Sogdian, etc.)



  • The Language of the Thracians by Ivan Duridanov (Provides examples of Thracian toponyms, personal names, tribal names, and names of deities. Caveat: The writer does not provide dates or provenance for the names he lists)

VASCONIC (Aquitanian, Iberian, Proto-Basque)

I find the Medieval Names Archive of the Society for Creative Anachronism to be a fascinating read. By learning about the names, I find I also learn about the culture and language of people who lived long ago. The Medieval Names Archive roughly covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to about AD 1600. I’ve long thought there ought to be something equivalent for those whose interests extended deeper into the past: an online repository of links and resources for naming enthusiasts.

I am by no means qualified to take on such a project, but I have collected the above links to free online information about names and naming in the ancient world. Perhaps some industrious soul will feel inspired to transform some thin slice of this raw material into usable web pages.


Witherington: Jesus and Wisdom

Interesting interview with Ben Witherington III about Jesus as a Jewish “wise man.” This, by the way, is an important theme in BWIII’s excellent commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.