The American Name Society was founded in 1951 to promote onomastics, the study of names and naming practices, both in the United States and abroad. It is a non-profit organization that seeks to find out what really is in a name, and to investigate cultural insights, settlement history, and linguistic characteristics revealed in names.
Focusing on the understanding of names in all forms, the Society provides members with several vehicles for the discussion and publication of onomastic theory, views and concepts:
* an annual meeting
* regional meetings
* NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics
* the ANS Bulletin
* the ANS-L email discussion listserve
* the Ehrensperger Report