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Title: 名前に鑑みる家族関係 : 名前の由来に関する一考察
Other Titles: Familial relationships as seen in names:A study on the reasons behind naming choices
Authors: ウンサーシュッツ, ジャンカーラ
Keywords: 名付け習慣
naming practices
name origins
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2017
Publisher: 立正大学心理学部
Abstract:  Although names are most obviously involved in the identification of individuals, they also indicate a wide variety of information about their bearers, from gender and ethnicity to religion and beliefs. However, names may actually speak more about their givers than their bearers, and they can play an important role in establishing children’s positions within families. This suggests that changes in naming practices may be motivated in part by changing familial relationships, which is particularly relevant for contemporary Japan given dramatic changes occurring in recent years. To assess these possibilities, I conducted a study on who is involved in choosing names using a corpus of parents’ messages in one Japanese municipality’s newsletter. Analysis showed that while it was most common to not ascribe any specific individual as the giver, those most commonly given were parents themselves, followed by children’s older siblings, whereas those outside of the nuclear family (e.g., grandparents) were mentioned infrequently. Combined with similar results from analyses on for whom children were named and commonalities between names within families, I argue that these results reflect greater changes in the sense of private space; the role of the nuclear family therein; and increased focus on the bonds between siblings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/5958
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