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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.



  1. […] Pursiful has compiled a really helpful list of online resources for the study of ancient personal names.  It includes Sumerian, Akkadian, […]


  2. steven says:

    One more, to update the Amurrite materials…
    M. P. Streck, Das amurritische Onomastikon der altbabylonischen Zeit. Band 1: Die Amurriter, Die onomastische Forschung, Orthographie und Phonologie, Nominalmorphologie. Alter Orient und Altes Testament Band 271/1, Münster 2000.


  3. Darrell Pursiful says:

    Thanks, Steven. I’ve added your suggestion. In general, however, I’d like to limit this page to resources available for free online. Print resources or purchasable downloads are the domain of the professionals, and I am definitely an amateur when it comes to ancient onomastics!


  4. […] Pursiful posted an entry with many online resources for the study of ancient names. Links to sites from Amorite to Thracian sprinkle his blog entry. This is a very helpful list for […]


  5. […] Allred offered some helpful additions to the Pursiful List of Online Resources for Ancient Names (PLORAN; soon to come out in hardback by Brill for $250): For Akkadian, one could add Stamm’s old […]


  6. Chuck Jones says:

    Also to consider:

    Seth Richardson’s Late Old Babylonian Personal Names Index (LOB-PNI)

    The onomastic index of the Database of Neo-Sumerian Texts (BDTNS)


  7. […] Pursiful (Dr. Platypus) provides an eminently helpful resource page for ancient names. Charles Halton (Awilum) notes some additional […]


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