Naming and identity: a cross-cultural study of personal naming practices

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By Alford, Richard


'Given name' as the only component of the complete, personal name will be negatively associated with societal size and complexity (52).


Most significant correlations were with presence of derogatory-protective names (Tau = -0.21, p < 0.01), complexity of military organization (Tau = - 0.38, p < 0.01), greater power of religious authorities compared to political leaders (Tau = -0.38, p < 0.01), and population (Tau = - 0.41, p < 0.01). At p < 0.05 significance, the variable name taboo (deceased) is positively associated, and elaborate birth ceremonies, naming signifies parenthood, societal complexity, judicial authority, extralocal jurisdictional levels, belief in high gods, and religious organization are negatively associated.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Kendall's TauSupportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN