[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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