عنوان مقاله [English]
The study of personal names is a rich area for philosophical, anthropological, sociological as well as linguistic studies. In this respect while sociologists and philosophers deal with social and philosophical aspects of naming, linguists are concerned with semantic, phonological and morphological structures of names. The study of the frequency of syllable structures of boys’ and girls’ names, particularly in comparison with other words, can clarify the importance of onamastics in linguistic studies. The study investigates the frequency of syllable structures and patterns of personal names in Iran. To do so, out of a sample of 11567 names admitted in entrance university exam, 740 names in two groups each of which 350 have been investigated. The study indicates that the syllable structures of Persian, CV, CVC, CVCC, have been distributed unequally in personal names. It has been shown that girl names are usually ended in CV rather than the other two syllable structures, while boy names usually end in CVC. The study also shows that the syllable patterns used in personal names are significantly different in boys’ and girls’ names.