Personal Naming Systems
The purpose of this investigation was to investigate the similarities and differences of naming patterns in the systems of 15 groups: These were: Biblical, Chinese, Dutch; French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Jewish, Maltese, Māori, Polish; Portuguese, United Kingdom, United States, and Zulu. Fifteen experts described the practices in these groups. This worked out to 47 practices (naming after father, naming after deceased relative, unisex). The total using these practices was 194. To measure the similarity of the 15 systems, all the practices were indexed and correlated. The results indicate that the practices in the United Kingdom are the most shared with other groups, followed by Greek, German, Dutch, American, French, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Chinese, Maltese, Jewish, Zulu, Maori, and Biblical. Thus, the British system is much closer to Greek than to Maori or Biblical. This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by The Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming edited by Carole Hough due for publication January 2016.