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

HRAF Press New Haven Published In Pages: ??
By Alford, Richard


Occurrence of nicknames will be negatively associated with uniqueness of names (83).


Most significant correlations (p < 0.01) occurred with size of settlement unit (Tau = -0.24) and power of religious authorities greater than political leaders (Tau = -0.27). At p < 0.05 significance, the variables parents pick name and patrilineal descent are positively associated, and name uniqueness and naming occurs later are negatively associated.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Kendall's TauSupportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN