Name research archive

Name research archive is a research centre, and research takes place within a wide field of subjects of place-names, personal names, especially Danish place names and personal names, and runeology:

Name research is primarily linguistic in character, and emphasis is put on language history as well as semantics and grammar. Place names can also be an invaluable source for historians as well as archaeologists, and some amount of place-name research is conducted in cooperation with these research fields.

Place names include all types of names. A significant part of the research effort is oriented towards publication of place names and personal names, first and foremost in the series Danmarks Stednavne (The Place Names of Denmark). Here the reader finds source material as well as analyses of individual names. The main focus is on older place names, which are mentioned before 1800, but some of the published volumes include all matter of place names while others only include settlement names and certain natural names, or settlement names alone.indicating places: town names, farm names, house names, mill names, street names, lake names, river names, field names etc.








The researchers function as the secretariat for the Danish Place Name Commission and counsel the Danish authorities and the public on issues relating to place names, personal names and runes.


The department houses various large collections of material pertaining to names, but the collections of place-names and personal names constitute the largest part of the collection along with the map collection.


Name Title Phone E-mail
Eggert, Birgit Associate Professor +4535328563 E-mail
Holmberg, Bente Legarth Associate Professor Emeritus +4535328565 E-mail
Jakobsen, Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Associate Professor +4535328722 E-mail
Jørgensen, Bent Professor Emeritus +4535328559 E-mail
Nielsen, Michael Lerche Associate Professor +4535328566 E-mail
Olesen, Rikke Steenholt Associate Professor +4535328564 E-mail


Head of centre: Birgit Eggert