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Here are some facts about naming in some other cultures, they don't imply nothing but a spirit to share and widen the scope of the interaction a little bit.

In parts of southern and sub-Saharan Africa, they have two names, a baptismal Christian name and an African traditional name, they use the Christian name for their passports and official papers and the traditional name in social gatherings and functions. Out of curiosity to understand how this system works I wondered if that doesn't give a room for identity swapping because those who aren't Christians would have only African names corresponding to their culture or names from their religion so a country institution can have a less uniform and more flexible naming system in provision for adopting all the various naming schemes, it really takes an insider to comprehend the difficulty of implementing such a system, I gave up and satisfied by only admiring the agility and vibrant ways of these different cultures...

In much of the Middle East parts, they have a naming system that is a chain starting with your name, your father's name, your grandpa's, great grandpa's, great great grandpa's...etc till the name of the one the entire tribe sprang out of and to whom the name of the tribe belongs... all these in a sequence so you know where you exactly is from...For practicality in official papers it is sufficient to write the first four or five names and optionally followed by the tribe name..This can make a lot easier the process of building a family tree IMHO and tracking ancestry relationships for some previous hundred years...

In India, they can tell from the surname, in much of the cases, the social order (caste position) of someone, I don't know how it works exactly, but that seems to apply for everyone, historically this has caused much prejudice against those of castes considered to be lower in the social order scale they were outcasts till they made constitutional provisions for them and got them under a criteria of 'scheduled castes / tribes' and reserving quotas for them in Education and restoring them much of the rights denied by their 'surname's still, there are some who vindicate against inter-caste marriages and interactions, this provides grounds for some communal unrest, suicides and other unpleasant things...

These are just quick facts from here and there, just to share and thanks for the interesting poll...take care everyone...



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In reply to Re: Do you have a middle name? by biohisham
in thread Do you have a middle name? by ambrus

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