General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Personal name systems of the V4 region
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Justyna Walkowiak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position prof. UAM
Faculty Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 24
USOS code 09-PNSV4-11


Online only - 6 blocks (For the link to the meeting, send your e-mail address to:

Classes 1 & 2    -  Oct. 13,    9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Classes 3 & 4    -  Oct. 27,    9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Classes 5 & 6    -  Nov. 10,   9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Classes 7 & 8    -  Nov. 24,   9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Classes 9 & 10  -  Dec. 1,     9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Classes 11 & 12 - Dec. 8,     9.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the personal name systems of all the four countries of the V4 (Visegrad) region - Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary - in a historical and comparative perspective, offering besides theoretical knowledge also useful scholarly and practical advice for own research related to personal names. The course will be attended online by students from V4 countries (but students from any country who at the moment are studying at Adam Mickiewicz University may register) and will be taught by university specialists in onomastics from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary), Czech Language Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czechia), Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Slovakia) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Minimum B2 knowledge of English

Course completion requirements: participation in minimum 20 out of 24 classes and preparing an individual presentation on the topic related to personal names.





Introduction into the course, information about the historical-cultural background


Introduction to onomastics


Pre-Christian personal names


Given names after Christianity: adaptation of the international stock, decline of pagan anthroponyms, the transformation of the name stocks


Given names in modern times; name-giving and name use today


The emergence, origins and classification of surnames


Foreign surnames, surname change


Feminine surnames and marital names: ways of creation, sociocultural background


Personal names and the law, name policy, names in culture


Unconventional personal names: nicknames, bynames, pseudonyms


Case studies for one’s own research


Case studies for one’s own research

Reading list

Information on the suggested reading will be given on the first day of classes (Oct. 13, 2023)