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Persian Baby Names: Anisa, Mina, Kian, Jahan

Persian Baby Names: Anisa, Mina, Kian, Jahan | Name News | Scoop.it
Persian baby names offer rich meanings, and a sound that is both accessible to American English speakers and richly evocative of the region's history.
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Mystery Monday: Uliana

Mystery Monday: Uliana | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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Caspian: Baby Name of the Day

Caspian: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
Caspian is a handsome figure from fiction, and a mysterious inland sea. If you're after a romantic, but wearable name for a son, look no further.
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A primer on Uzbek names

The Uzbeks are the largest Turkic people in Central Asia, and their language (on the Karluk sub-branch of the Turkic language family) has 27 million native speakers. Due to where Uzbekistan is geographically situated, and given the history of the area, the language has a number of Persian, Arabic, and Russian influences. Outside of Uzbekistan,…
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China Extends Ban on“extreme” Islamic names for Ethnic Uyghur babies Under 16

China Extends Ban on“extreme” Islamic names for Ethnic Uyghur babies Under 16 | Name News | Scoop.it
Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have extended a recently introduced ban on “extreme” Islamic names for ethnic Uyghur under 16.
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Tajik authorities publishe a list of Tajik names | Tajikistan News ASIA-Plus

Tajik authorities publishe a list of Tajik names | Tajikistan News ASIA-Plus | Name News | Scoop.it
The list has been prepared by the Language and Terminology Committee under the Government of Tajikistan and the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan.

The list includes more than 3,000 names that will be offered to parents.
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Found via Evgeny's ever-excellent site

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A primer on Kazakh names

The Kazakhs are a Turkic people who live in Central Asia and the southern Urals. The nations with the most diaspora Kazakhs are Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan. There are also diaspora communities in the U.S., Canada, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, the UAE, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Belarus. They're descended from Medieval Mongol…
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Love these names! I know I always go on about how I once went to Russia (for 3 weeks, 6 years ago - big deal), but I recognise quite a few of these names from that trip. I went to places where languages related to Kazakh are spoken, not that far from Kazakhstan in the grand scheme of things.

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Tiresias and Tomyris

Tiresias and Tomyris | Name News | Scoop.it
Tiresias just after his transformation into a woman, engraved by Johann Ulrich Krauss Tiresias, the blind seer in Oedipus Rex, is a very special person in Greek mythology because he experienced life as both sexes. His parents were shepherd Everes and nymph Charicio, and he began his very long career in Thebes as as advisor to…
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Tadzjikistan verbiedt buitenlandse voornamen = Tajikistan bans foreign names

Tadzjikistan verbiedt buitenlandse voornamen = Tajikistan bans foreign names | Name News | Scoop.it
In Tadzjikistan mogen pasgeboren kinderen vanaf eind dit jaar alleen nog 'lokale' voornamen krijgen. Namen van buitenlandse herkomst worden verboden.
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Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names

Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since independence, names have been a touchy subject in the region. The Tajik parliament recently began discussing new amendments — floated earlier this year — which would introduce new restrictions on the types of names parents can legally give their children. Specifically, foreign or Islamic-sounding names would be rejected by state registries.
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Tajikistan, 98% Muslim, May Ban Muslim Names

...along with any other names "incorrect or alien to the local culture."
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Yikes.  But also a really really interesting part of of the world, so thanks to Nancy for finding this.

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Gaspar: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain

Gaspar: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Gaspar is a handsome name from the ancient world, part of the Jasper-Caspar family that's been so underused in English. Jasper's rising. Is Gaspar next?
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Nature-Inspired Kazakh Names –

Nature-Inspired Kazakh Names – | Name News | Scoop.it
We looked at some culturally significant Kazakh names a couple of weeks ago, so today let’s check out a few nature-inspired Kazakh names that reference flora, fauna, weather, and more: Agashp…
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Onomastica Uralica: Proceedings of the Onomastic Congress are available online

Onomastica Uralica: Proceedings of the Onomastic Congress are available online | Name News | Scoop.it
The International Council of Onomastic Studies reported that the papers presented at the 26th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences in Hungary in 2017 have been published as volumes Nr. 10 – 14 in Onomastica Uralica. The central topic of the congress, “Locality and globality in the world of names”, was about the linguistic position that proper names occupy in our present globalized world.
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A primer on Chechen names

Chechen is a Northeast Caucasian language, most closely related to Ingush and Bats. It's spoken by 1.4 million people in the Chechen Republic, and by large diaspora communities in Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Georgia, Jordan, and Iraq. There are also decent-sized diaspora communities in Syria, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Uzbekistan, and…
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A primer on Tatar names

Tatar is a Turkic language, part of the Kipchak–Bulgar sub-branch (not to be confused with Crimean Tatar, a member of the Oghuz sub-branch). The Tatar people are a large, well-known ethnic group in Russia. Tatar is also spoken by the Finno–Ugric Maris (who live along the Volga and Kama rivers) and the Qararays of Mordovia.…
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Irek, Mintimer, Gusel, Şamsinisa, and more.

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A primer on Turkmeni names

Turkmen belongs to the East Oghuz branch of the Turkic language family, and is most closely related to Turkish and Azeri. Besides the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan, it's also spoken in diaspora communities in Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Ukraine. Historically, Turkmenistan has been at the crossroads of civilisations, and the now-destroyed…
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Meret, Oraz, Ayna, Rushana, and more.

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A primer on Kyrgyz names

The Kyrgyz people are a Turkic group living in Central Asia. Outside of their homeland of Kyrgyzstan, with its hard-won independence, there are large diaspora communities in Uzbekistan, China, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. Afghanistan and Ukraine also have small diaspora communities. Among the most famous Kyrgyzis are author Chyngyz Aytmatov and Kasym Tynystanov, a poet,…
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A primer on Tajik names

The Tajik language is closely related to Persian, and is the primary language of the Central Asian republic Tajikistan. Though Tajik used to be widely spoken in neighboring republics Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, it's gradually been displaced by their respective native languages. However, some people in those republics still speak Tajik, as do some people in…
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Would you believe it, I have scooped a few other posts about Tajikistan. But they're mostly about banning names, so it's nice to find a more positive post about this country.

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In Tadschikistan sollen fremde Namen verboten werden = Foreign names to be banned in Tajikistan

Der tadschikische Präsident Emomali Rahmon hat ein neues Gesetz vorgeschlagen: Er will fremde Vornamen verbieten.
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Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names

Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since the 1980s, the Tajik people have shifted away from Russian names towards more traditional Tajik names. In the last decade, this 90% Muslim country has shifted towards more Islamic names, which weren’t previously popular.
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Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hoten

Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hoten | Name News | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities have issued a ban on 22 Muslim names in Hoten prefecture in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in an apparent bid to discourage extremism among the region's Uyghur residents, threatening to forbid children with such names from attending school unless their parents change them, according to local police and residents.
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In Chechnya, Babies Named Muhammad Win $1,000

In Chechnya, Babies Named Muhammad Win $1,000 | Name News | Scoop.it
In Chechnya, baby names can win cash prizes.
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An interesting situation...under what cirumstances would you name a child for a reward?

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