1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Necrology
NECROLOGY (from Med. Lat. necrologium, Gr. νεκρός, corpse, the termination being formed from λόγιος, λέγειν to read, in the sense of list, register; cf. " martyrology "), a register in a monastery or other ecclesiastical establishment of the names of the deceased members of the society, or of those for whom the prayers of the foundation were offered as benefactors; hence any roll or list of deceased persons or collection of obituaries.