Naming Patterns – Worldwide – Links

Worldwide Naming Pattern and Practices


A Guide to Names and Naming Practices [International], posted on the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) website (.pdf file):

Law Enforcement Guide to International Names, Regional Organized Crime Information Center, United States, 2010:

Various Country and Ethnic Naming Customs by Gary T. Horlacher (Info for Africa – Ghana, Nigeria; Brazil; German – Schleswig, Ostfriesland, Westfalen; Jews; Latin America (Hispanic); Scandinavia – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), – article now available at the Internet Archive:

Chinese and Other Asian Naming Systems (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnam, Cambodia, George J. Leonard:

Geographic or Country Specific

Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices by Da’ud ibn Auda (David B. Appleton), 2003 (an update to an older article):

England – Onomastics Family Naming Patterns, Tom Doherty:

England – Cornwall, Family Naming Patterns, Cornwall Online Parish Clerk:

German Naming Customs, Riepe Roots:

Traditional Irish naming patterns by Eneclann expert, Fiona Fitzsimons, Blog:

Mexico – Description of Naming System, University of Florida and Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, 1999:

Norwegian Naming Patterns, Johan I. Borgos: ( See also link to Farm Names)

Portuguese Naming Traditions and How They Affect Us, Cordeiros Genealogy:

Scottish Forename Variants and patterns, Scotland’s People:

Englishised names? Naming patterns amongst ethnic-Chinese Singaporeans by Peter K W Tan:

Swedish Names and Naming Practices, SweGGate:

United States – 18th Century PA German Naming Customs, Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.:

Urhobo Names and Their Meanings by Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, ED.D., F.A.A.A., Urhobo Historical Society, Nigeria, Urhobo Waado :

Welsh Patronymics,


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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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