IFLA Cataloguing Section Names of Persons Introduction: According to the International Cataloguing Principles (ICP)1 the Form of Name for Persons as an authorized access point should be constructed following a standard: "When the name of a person consists of several words, the choice of first word for the authorized access point should follow conventions of the country and language most associated with that person, as found in manifestations or reference sources". Thus, this set of documents summarizes the conventions for each country, established by each national cataloguing agency, to help other cataloguing agencies creating authority data worldwide.
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Last updated: March 2016 Bulgarian names are cited on titles pages in the nominative case. A residual case form ending in ва (va), now out of use, is occasionally met with in older works when citing masculine names only and only in cases where the name is linked to the title by a preposition, e.g., Кратка българска история от Д.П. Войникова (A short history of Bulgaria, by DP Vojnikova (i.e., DP Vojnikov)). In such cases it is essential to consult a reliable reference tool to ascertain whether the name cited is masculine, as dealt with above, or feminine, as given in examples below. The author index to the last reference work listed at the end of the entry is recommended for this purpose.
NAME ELEMENTS Elements normally forming part of a name
Note: No compound forenames are used in Bulgaria. The father’s forename usually follows, in full or abbreviated form.
Note: Double personal names appeared after 1878 but never gained popularity owing to both traditional reasons and an official ban.
Note: Occasionally variants occur in the formation of paternal names in the feminine gender when they are felt to be of foreign origin and the paternal name thus formed is not euphonius. In that case, no suffix is added.
Елена Емил (not
Elena Emil (not Elena Emilova)
Note: The family (surname) name of every person is that of the grandfather or the clan the father belonged to and is known generally.
A great number of family names are formed by personal or family sobriquet, name of profession, skills or place of birth - town or country associated with the person.
The name is formed by the suffix –ов (the most common form),
-ев, - ски, -ин (formed from feminine name, most often that of the mother)
Note: The acceptance of variants of the family name is explained by a number of possible variants for their formation. Most frequently this occurs when the paternal name becomes a family name.
National cataloguing code БДС 15419-82 Библиографско описание на книгите (Bibliographic description of books). София, 1982.
Ръководство за азбучни каталози на книги (Guide for alphabetical book's catalogue). София, НБКМ, 1989.
National authority file of names St. Cyril and Methodius National Library maintains currently authority file of names of persons for all documents received (Bulgarian 1887 -, foreign 1992-). The authority records are based on COMARC/A format : za normativne podatke. IZUM, 2003- and internal library Rules for creation of authority records for names of persons (last actualization 2009)
Romanization scheme in use БДС 1596-73 Транслитерация на български думи с латински букви.
Transliteracija па bălgarski dumi s latinski bukvi. Sources and recommended references Ковачев, Николай П. Българска ономастика. София, Наука и изкуство, 1986.
Илчев, Стефан. Речник на личните и фамилните имена у българите. София, БАН, 1969.
Граматика на съвременния български книжовен език: В 3 т. 2. стереотип. изд. София, БАН 1993.
Богданов, Иван. Речник на българските псевдоними. Писатели, научни работници, преводачи, карикатуристи, публицисти, журналисти ... 3 осн. прераб. и доп. доп. изд. София, Д-р Петър Берон, 1989.
Речник на българската литература. В 3 т. София, БАН, 1976-1982.
Стоянов, Маньо. Българска възрожденска книжнина. Т.1. София. Наука и изкуство, 1957.
Българска възрожденска интелигенция. Учители, свещеници, монаси, висши духовници, лекари, аптекари, писатели, издатели, книжари, тьрговци, военни. Енциклопедия. София, Д-р П. Берон, 1988.
Authority for information provided Cataloguing and Holdings Organisation Department, St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library, Sofia.
Checked and approved by: Mrs Evdokija Kuteva, Cataloguing and Holdings Organisation Department, St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library, Sofia, March 2016.