Autonym vs Ethnonym - What's the difference?

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Autonym is a related term of ethnonym.

As nouns the difference between autonym and ethnonym

is that autonym is (taxonomy) an infraspecific name in which the species epithet is repeated while ethnonym is the name of an ethnic group.



(en noun)
  • (taxonomy) An infraspecific name in which the species epithet is repeated.
  • (linguistics, anthropology) A name used by a group or category of people to refer to themselves or their language, as opposed to a name given to them by other groups.
  • Deutsche is the autonym of the people known in English as Germans .
  • The true name of a person or other entity, especially an author.
  • A work published under the author's true name."Autonym", OED 2nd ed.
  • * 1900 , Mr. Barnwell, "Cataloging Roundtable", in Library Journal , page 157
  • As a general principle, the heading of the main entry of the book should be in the form in which the book itself is published; that is, if it is published under an autonym' let the ' autonym be given, if under a pseudonym, then let the pseudonym be given, and if the book be anonymous, then let the fact be stated.


    * (taxonomy) type variety * endonym, selfname


    * exonym, xenonym * (true name of a person) pseudonym, alias, pen name




    (en noun)
  • The name of an ethnic group.