noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.

1930–35; see onomastic, -ics

onomastician [on-uh-muh-stish-uhn] , noun
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onomastics (ˌɒnəˈmæstɪks)
1.  (functioning as singular) the study of proper names, esp of their origins
2.  (functioning as singular or plural) a systematization of the facts about how proper names are formed in a given language

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Main Entry:  onomastician
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who studies the origins and forms of proper nouns or names
Etymology:  onomastic 'pertaining to names' + -ician 'practitioner'
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