Proper Nouns of the State Language and Their Spelling

  • Kazimieras Garšva
Keywords: state language, proper nouns, personal names, place names, spelling


  The author of this article was involved in the analysis of persons proper names of South East Lithuania. In Lithuania, most place names are of the Lithuanian origin, as they were named by the locals and only after that the place names came into writing in various languages. The majority of personal names (as in other languages) in Lithuania are not entirely of local origin, as many Christian and similar names and surnames originated from other languages and by non-Lithuanian scribes were usually first recorded in other languages. But even those personal names now have Lithuanian vowels, consonants, inflections, suffixes and are considered Lithuanian proper nouns by the locals.