What is one reason a person might have received an ornamental or acquired name?

and could you give me some examples of these types of surnames:D


3 Answers

  • The surname is usually the family name.

    People acquire nicknames for many purposes.

    To answer this question in terms of the person's legal name, you would have to go outside of modern western culture. Some Native American Indians had three names during their life, a baby name, an adolescent name, and an adult name. Sometimes children were given new names when/if they attended a mission school.

    Other cultures would have a naming ceremony when a child came "of age" in their culture, usually at the onset of puberty. These were sometimes picked by family members based on a character trait and sometimes by a priest/shaman/witchdoctor who had divined the name from their gods.

    An example is found here: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/caddo/page18...

  • Ornamental Name

    Source(s): https://shorte.im/a9xmD
  • I kinda wonder if you are asking us to do some sort of assignment. If so, I think it short-changes the assignment, which you should be researching on your own Test the internet, my foot. I recommend the book on names by Leslie Dunkling

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