[Sca-cooks] OT: Names (was Packing from the Nimatnama)
Olwen the Odd
olwentheodd at hotmail.com
Fri May 18 09:49:14 PDT 2007
>Robin Carroll-Mann wrote:
> > To modern sensibilities, it might seem like abandoning part of one's
>heritage, but I have heard that the name was entirely different in the Old
>Country -- something about avoiding the Tsar's draft.
>That's as it may be but since inherited surnames were frequently imposed
>by governments, it's not necessarily a big deal. This is not just an
>"historical" phenomenon by the say; in Mongolia, they made everyone get
>inherited surnames in this generation.
Same thing, sort of, when they finally put the Indians on reservations, they
decided to do a census and gave all the Indians a "white" name which still
holds true. You can see some doozies when you put a white name in front of
the traditional family Indian name. The government also made the Indians
stop changing names as the old customs did.
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