Naming Traditions Around The World

Christening your baby is a the first step towards their future. It is a very important event in the life. However this is a bizarre world and there are many unbelievable traditions when it come to naming a child.

Here is some trivia about the various christening traditions around the world:

1) Chinese customs for naming a child
It was a popular practice in China where a utensil was dropped on the floor and the sound it made was kept as the child’s name.
Nowadays this has merely become a ceremony and the babies are named depending on the parents’ choice. The Chinese people have started adopting names like Lou and others which have a similar sounding English version.
Chinese names have three words, the last two are the personal names while the first name is family name.
2) Jewish customs for naming a baby
Jews are the worshippers of fire. They practice circumcision and on the eight day of birth name the baby.
It is made compulsory by the Jewish code to not reveal the baby’s name to anyone. They may be named after God or even given their parental grandfather’s name.
3) African traditions for naming a baby
African christening ceremony happen twice for a person. Once a person is named at the early childhood stage and then at the later stage when there is a festival either celebrating his youth or when he is ready to lead the tribe.
The names are not having any social significance and are not based on the names of other family members.
4) Russian customs for deciding a child's complete name
Russian follow a syntax for naming there kids. This also helps define the gender of the child if every word has an “a” at the end, then it is a girl. The first name is personal to the child followed by father’s first name and then the family surname.
This helps it easier to find out family relations and lineages.
This system of naming a child after patriarch name is common to a majority of cultures all over the world.
5) Korean traditions of naming a child
Korean use a prefix to their names. This prefix or rightly called as forename is the name of the family. This is how a family is well known amongst everyone. The first word in a name is the family name and it is followed by the personal name. Korean names change their meanings if they are shortened or if a single word is omitted.

While some name their children after grandfather or father, others name their children after their God father. Other unique traditions have particular proceedings like the name is cooed in the baby’s ears or that name is not disclosed publicly. Mostly given a name to the new born is done in front of priests and their suggestions are taken for selecting a name. Some cultures don’t adopt any surname and keep it cool to give only personal names with multiple words.