7 weirdest naming traditions from around the world

Not every culture in the world uses given names and surnames. As it turns out, one person's name can consist of more than 6 words! Find out about the strangest and most interesting naming traditions from around the globe.

What is your full name? Have you ever heard about these naming systems before? Which one seems the weirdest to you?

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Jim Doyle
Interesting. Learned a lot, especially about Arab and Hungarian names.
Oct 6, 2022 7:27PM
John Donaghue
Very interesting indeed. Fascinating information
Jul 2, 2022 3:21AM
Julie Allen
Sn Upadhyaya, There are a lot of countries in the World, can't have all of them. Perhaps you could have mentioned them in yo comment as many of us read them.
Nov 7, 2021 11:27PM
Julie Allen
Jacqui Halvorson, Nowhere did it say people from Persia (now Iran) speak Arabic. It does say "The naming system of Arabic countries is very complicated". Iran is considered an Arabic country.
Nov 7, 2021 11:24PM
Jacqui Halvorson
People from Persia/Iran speak Farsi, not Arabic!!
Nov 2, 2021 8:34PM
Peter de Boer
That answers a lot of questions. Thankyou.
Sep 16, 2021 12:03AM
David Mcclure
James Neeley Sr., I understand that in parts of S Ireland only given names where used… no family names
Jul 18, 2021 4:57PM
Judy King
Arabic naming seems the strangest to me
Sep 3, 2020 1:13AM
Sn Upadhyaya
You have not mentioned about writing of names & surnames in India.We have different methods according to regions.You are always talking of other countries except India.
Aug 21, 2020 10:21PM
David Holmes
Very interesting, thank you.
Sep 9, 2019 6:38PM
Fred Zeb Fudpucker
cwisconsin, I DO! I've picked some of these over the years because I find it very interesting. Also in travelling from the USA to Germany for a project several years before I retired, I found it interesting that in business conversations, the Germans called everyone by their last names and during introductions, that was all they gave. Typically, our people give both first and last and expect to be called by their first name or a diminutive (I am James but have always gone by Jim. In Mexico, we called each other by first names. Japanese called me Jim because they had difficulties with Harrier (no offence, they just have few double "rr"s in their names, I guess.)
Jul 10, 2019 2:18PM
James Neeley Sr.
MacName McName O'Name Are parent surnames Perhaps from a rule by an Irish long who wanted to know by name who were his enemy's offspring. FitzName indicates a Norman father. Kelly vs Kelley Kelly would indicate a protestant ancestry Kelley a Catholic ancestry. Thus: names aid bigotry.
May 27, 2019 6:00PM
Penny Penkala
Arab names are weird but pretty. I wonder about McDowell. Does it mean son of Dowell
May 22, 2019 5:13PM
Henk Sanders
In Ghana the people have in addition to there given names, the day on which they were born, as one of their names. (eg. one born on a Wednesday, will have Kwame as one of his names.)
May 9, 2019 9:08PM
Linda Evers
One of my grandmother's had ten Christian names - Beatrice Margaret Ada Georgina Selina Ruth Alma Mabel Adeline Augustine!!! We grandchildren found it dad imaging and learned the list off by heart - I've never forgotten them
Apr 27, 2019 7:17PM

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