Amalgamation (names)

An amalgamated name is a name that is formed by combining several previously existing names. These may take the form of an acronym (where only one letter of each name is taken) or a blend (where a large part of each name is taken, such as the first syllable).

Amalgamated names are most commonly used for amalgamated businesses, characters and places. Newly arising partnerships may also choose to name themselves by amalgamating their names.



Amalgamation is also a term used in linguistics when a compound contains roots from several languages, without it being part of a blended language. For example, a word with an English and a Spanish root would not be an amalgam, if part of Spanglish, while an English word with a Greek and a Latin root would. This is also known as a hybrid word.

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