The UK’s Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee has put together a nice little document called “A Guide to Names and Naming Practices”, which has sections about how names are constructed around the world. For example:
- In Africa, there are sections for Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa Nigerian names, as well as Somali names.
- There are 14 chapters on naming conventions across Europe, including special subsections on the Albanian, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian residents of the Western Balkans region.
- In the Middle East, Arab Muslim, Iranian, and both the Arab and Kurdish names used in Iraq are covered.
In all, there are 30 chapters of naming conventions, as well as annexes containing lists of common names, and origins of family name endings.
Bookmark it – sure it will come in handy one day – if not once a day.,