First names around the world
In some countries of Asia, all the children are named with the birth: "small mouse". It is only at age the 6 months that him his final first name is given. In this spirit there, there is a will not to name "what does not exist yet". One lets the child strengthen his features, his character, his way of being. Even if it is still very young, it starts to be an individual with whole share and it is only according to what it shows of him that his first name is chosen to him. The subjective share in is reduced considerably, the first name not resting more on one idea of the child whom one will have, but on the child himself. One leaves even the choice to the child, by enumerating first names to him, one looks at how it reacts to the statement of each, one awaits a sign of acceptance. On the basis of the principle which it includes/understands the step, which is not yet the case in our company, it is him which has the free will, any sign, negligible is it is then réinterprêté by the entourage.
In some arab traditions, the choice of the first name intervenes at the 7th day after the birth, never front. What poses numbers of problems for the Moslems of France besides, the marital status asking as of the birth to declare the child.
In Turkey, the young brother does not have the right to call its elder by its first name but "abi" (big brother), a privilege which is not granted to him, a mark of respect. In the Indies and in Eastern Africa a woman should not still pronounce the name of her husband nor that of her father under penalty of punishment. Admittedly, per hour when the emancipation of the woman becomes world cause, one can only be shocked by such practices. One speaks can be primitive companies but behind his prohibitions, one finds a tradition aiming at protecting the tribe. To preserve the heritage through multiple beliefs, even our companies still have recourse there. This one can appear obsolete, but it guarantees an existence specific to those which employ it. These tribes, colonized, on which one imposed our operating modes in the name of progress, hang up again with ancestral customs and habits where the magic still has all its place in the evolution of the individual.
In some tribus, when a king seized the power, all the subjects which carried the same first name that this one were to change some. One even tells that the king of Dahomey Bossa Ahadi simply made put at dead those which prénommaient Bossa like him. (Name, First name. ED Otherwise . Seven 94).
There are only some examples but they show well that there is not universalization of the phenomenon thus not possible generalization. Prénommer, to name renvoit with its lived characteristic, that of its history and of the History of each communities. Our companies function thus because they are obliged there, one returns from there to the introduction of the patronymic name by the Council of Thirty managed by the Church. One tends to adapt the operating mode to the reality of the company and not the reverse. Is this prejudicial?