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Title: New Names for Municipalities Merging from Two or More Villages or Towns
Author: Reinsma, Riemer
Abstract: For some decades many villages in the Netherlands have been merging into new municipalities. These new
entities need a new name. The central assumption in this contribution is that every participating village or
town will try to get its name accepted as (part of) the new name.
By means of several examples some factors will be demonstrated which can play a part in the process
of establishing a new name, like differences in the size of the population of the participants, differences in
age, or their place in alphabetical order.
Attention will be paid to two types of new names that are chosen. The simplest solution is maintaining
the name of one or more of the participants, but there is an important restriction: the new name should not
be too long, and can do right only by few participants.
An increasingly popular method is choosing a wholly new name, often referring to some shared
geographic or historical feature, like a river, a castle or a hillcrest. This method has the advantage that none
of the participants loses face.
Subject: Names for Towns in Netherlands
New Names for Municipalities
Type: Article
Rights: The following articles are © 2009 with the individual authors. They are made available free of charge from this page as a service to the community under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works license version 3.0. For full details go to http://creativecommons.org.licenses/ny-nd.3.0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/4024
Published: York University
Citation: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences
ISBN: 978-1-55014-521-2
Date: 2009

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