Voici une étude préliminaire effectuée par l’atelier cartographique Atlasis et NameSorts sur la base d’un nouveau système de classement onomastique très prometteur. Voir ci-dessous une petite étude cartographique (en anglais) très originale qui permet de saisir toutes les potentialités de la méthode :

There has been a lot of confusion last week, in the aftermath of the identification of two suspect terrorists in Boston : Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Twitter mistaked Czech Republic for Chechnya and Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovic had to issue an official statement. A twitter user from Bulgaria complained that in the US suddenly “anyone with a last name ending on -EV or OV is a supposed Chechen“. Sarah Kendzior’s article The wrong kind of Caucasian made a parallel with the case of Leon Czolgosz, a 28-year-old American named assassinated US President William McKinley in 1901.

Chechnya is a subject of the Russian Federation, but Chechen names are recognisable from ethnic Russian names. The onomastics of the Russian Federation are complex due to the large number of ethnic groups, the population transfers during Soviet times, the rural exodus and various other factors. The following flowchart shows our analysis of a few name classes, to illustrate the complexity:

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