Edhina Ekogidho - Names as Links — The Encounter between African and European Anthroponymic Systems among the Ambo People in Namibia

Saarelma-Maunumaa, Minna
Title: Edhina Ekogidho - Names as Links — The Encounter between African and European Anthroponymic Systems among the Ambo People in Namibia
Authors: Saarelma-Maunumaa, Minna (Author)
Product number: 9517465297
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Publ. product code: 1322494
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica. Linguistica 11
Edition: 2003
Publication year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 373
Product family: Languages
Peer Reviewed Studies
Studia Fennica
Studia Fennica Linguistica
Library classification: 87.9 Etymologia. Onomastiikka
National Library's descriptors: etunimet, henkilönnimet, lempinimet, nimet, nimistöntutkimus, kulttuurin muutos, historia, kulttuurikosketukset, kielikontaktit, kristinusko, vaikutukset, Namibia, Ambomaa
Key words: Personal Names, cultural change, Ambo, Names, First names
What are the most popular names of the Ambo people in Namibia? Why do so many Ambos have Finnish first names? What do the African names of these people mean? Why is the namesake so important in Ambo culture? How did the nation's long struggle for independence affect personal naming, and what are the latest name-giving trends in Namibia?
This study analyses the changes in the personal naming system of the Ambo people in Namibia over the past 120 years, starting with 1883, when the first Ambos received biblical and European names on baptism. The central factors in this process were the German and South African colonisation and European missionary work on the one hand, and the rise of African nationalism on the other. Eventually, this clash between African and European naming practices led to a new, dynamic naming system which includes elements of both African and European origin.

"Within the field of onomastics, i.e. the scientific study of names, this study is a remarkable and extremely important one. ... I suspect that it will become a major and standard reference work in the future, not only regarding Ambo anthroponymy, but anthroponymy in general, particularly where cultures interact."
Professor S. J. Neethling, University of the Western Cape, South Africa