Coptic Onomastics

Monika Hasitzka, a papyrologist at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, has generously made her “Namen in koptischen dokumentarischen Texten” available for download as a searchable pdf at:

www.onb.ac.at/files/kopt_namen.pdf

This is a reasonably complete list of names (last updated in 2007) appearing in documentary texts written in Coptic, with references; it substantially augments Gustav Heuser’s Die Personennamen der Kopten (Leipzig, 1929).  Hasitzka’s list is an excellent research tool for the linguistic and cultural/religious history of Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt, where onomastics has sometimes played a major role in ongoing scholarly debates.  “Greek,” “Egyptian,” “Biblical,” and “Arabic” names are all represented in this list; on the other hand, names in primarily Greek and Arabic documents are not included.

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