THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTROPONYMY FOR EVIDENCE OF GEOGRAPHICAL PECULIARITIES. CASE STUDY: THE ANTHROPONYMS OF THE OLT COUNTRY

  • Boamfa, I.
Abstract:
The anthroponymy has a special scientific importance. This highlights different social, political, economic, and geographical features. Among the geographical features generally highlighted by anthroponymy, with special referring to Olt Country (Romanian: ?ara Oltului) we mention: the historical migrations (which shows the geographic origin of the ancestors bearers of these names), the ethnic and religious structure of population in the past (referring to different ethnic groups or religious communities certified by anthroponymy in previous historical periods), the professional structure of the population in previous eras (which proves another specific economic in the study area), the literacy weight (based on names related to professional activities where knowledge of written and read were required) and so on. In terms of geographical origin, most names this proves a local migration between settlements in the Olt Country, but there are names which show immigration from other regions of Transylvania (especially from the Barsa Country, located east of the studied area) or south of the Carpathians (from Muntenia). Regarding the ethnic composition of the population, the migrations prove a settlement of past inhabitants from the area of Central and Eastern Europe (especially Hungarians, Germans, Serbs, Greeks, Ukrainians, etc.). Concerning the ancient professional structure of population, the anthroponymy shows that, amid the predominance of agricultural activities, settlements were profiled in various craft activities (of which industries have developed in the modern era) or in services. Regarding literacy, the analysed data highlights modest share of those who knew to write and read (generally less than 10%).
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Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
geographical peculiarities; anthroponymy; the Olt Country; historical migrations; professional structure of population
Volume:
16
SGEM Book title:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2016
Book number:
3.2
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
537-544
Publisher address:
51 Al. Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
24 - 30 August, 2016
ISBN:
978-619-7105-77-3
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2016, 24 - 30 August, 2016
DOI:
10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B32/S10.069
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