Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 4 January 2011
Original scientific paper
Antonia Luketin Alfirević ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia
Andrea Rogošić ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia
This article analyses the names of sailing ships in Dalmatia in the 19th century which were extracted from several archival sources. These names are analysed on phonologic and morphosyntactic levels and they are classified according to their etiology. It is shown that they are most frequently of anthroponymic or hagyonymic origin while a significant number are augural or prophylactic. This indicates that names reflect the linguistic and socio-cultural reality of the time and the place in which they were created, which in turn explains the fact of why the majority of names, along with the terms for types of sailing ships, are of Italian origin. Furthermore, in most cases the names were meant to protect the ship or bring good fortune to it
which is why they are often related to various religious motifs, saints and, above all, the Virgin Mary, whose cult has been very significant in the Mediterranean area ever since the Middle Ages.
Dalmatia; etiology; names; sailing ships