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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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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? Balinese Naming Traditions

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 7 August 2014

123rf12444863s editorial only Balinese Name Traditions The Indonesian island of Bali is famous for its culture. Among other qualities, its inhabitants are renowned for traditional dance, Hindu spiritualism and shadow puppetry. Balinese people also have a truly unique name convention. It is a tradition that visitors quickly notice, because so many locals share the same given names. One in Four New...

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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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Cock Top of the Drops

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 4 September 2013

Place Holder Some of the UK’s most embarrassing surnames are falling by the wayside.  Experts tracking name origin and popularity over 100+ years say many once commonplace surnames are falling sharply. While the list includes several variants of Cock and Bottom, there are plenty of names people today prefer not owning up to:  Grave, Slow, Pigg and Hustler...

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