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What's in a Name? Sikh Names and Where to Find Them

Posted by Michael Dove on 16 January 2016

123rf21810505s Sikhs form one of the largest and fastest growing subgroups of Indian Australians with 72,296 identifying with Sikhism in the 2011 census – a growth of 273% over the 2006 figure.1 Origins data indicates an adult Sikh population of 58,532. Most Sikhs originate in the Punjab region which straddles India and Pakistan. Unlike other religions of...

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What's in a Name? Like Bob and Dylan, Times They are a-Changin'

Posted by Amanda Searle on 23 September 2015

123rf14147854s cropped The looming AFL Grand Final prompted us to investigate naming trends of players over the past century.   Many AFL surnames feature consistently throughout the history of the game, often reflecting members of the same extended family. The name Merrett is one example, spanning the AFL landscape over five decades. Current Essendon Football Club players Jackson...

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What's in a Name? Somali Naming Traditions

Posted by Michael Dove on 24 June 2015

123rf26829961s2 When Melbourne-based researcher, teacher, writer and poet Dr Yusef Sheikh Omar shunned traditional Somali naming traditions to name his newborn baby Amelia, his decision was met with intense disappointment and anger by the older members of the Somali-Australian community. They felt that it was a betrayal of their Somali and Muslim identity. Having extensively researched the...

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What's in a Name? Irish Naming Conventions

Posted by Michael Dove on 20 March 2015

123rf11789540s A man's surname generally takes the form O (originally "grandson") or Mac ("son", often abbreviated to Mc) followed by the ancestor’s given name, as in O’Donald (grandson of Dónall or Donald) or MacNamara ("son of Conmara"). The female equivalent was traditionally Ni and Nic respectively although in most cases, the male form has been adopted. Penal...

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Easter - Different Time, Different Place

Posted by Amanda Searle on 18 March 2015

123rf8874759s.jpg For many of us in Australia we look forward to Easter for the four-day holiday and the chocolatey goodness of Easter eggs. For others the Easter period is a deeply religious celebration of the life of Jesus, the mourning of his death and the joy of his resurrection. And for others the celebration will be a...

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Lost in Translation - Gerber Happy Baby

Posted by Amanda Searle on 18 March 2015

gerber-baby.jpg Most marketers and business managers agree – segmenting by culture and developing appropriate marketing messages that resonate with specific cultural communities will increase penetration rates in emerging market segments. This does not mean that you can simply translate the messages into another language, and use an image of a person from the targeted culture. Effective cross-cultural communication...

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Christmas in Japan

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 9 December 2014

123rf32913116m The spiritual culture of Japan centres on Shintoism and Buddhism. Less than 1% of the population describe themselves as Christian. Yet Japanese Christmas tradition is well established. Various customs have been borrowed from the West, others have commercial origins and some are quite unique to Japan. Visually, Christmas customs in Japan can be hard to distinguish from...

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What's in a Name? Name Traditions of Africa

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 9 December 2014

79948116 The colossal continent of Africa is home to a vast diversity of cultures, languages and traditions.  A name is more than a moniker.  It has essence and meaning closely associated with the individual.  Most African people will introduce themselves not only by their name, but by its context and meaning, with which their personal identity...

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What's in a Name? Name Traditions of Scotland

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 11 September 2014

123rf22359005s Scottish naming traditions date back centuries. Since the Kingdom of Scotland was formed in the 9th century, Scots have been largely known by location, occupation and clan. Name patterns began to emerge clearly as the clan system broke down from 1700s and was firmly entrenched 100 years later. This type of history is one reason...

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What's in a Name? Greek Name Traditions

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 22 June 2014

123rf21457172s Population mapping builds an accurate picture of cultural density based on location. This tool works hand in glove with name analysis to show how immersed people are in their community. Naming traditions, such as those popular with Greek Australians, provide this insight. Greek naming tradition has ancient cultural origins. Some location and occupation-based names occur, but...

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