Shawna Vyhmeister

is director of research and extension at the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

​What’s in a NAME?

Names are significant in so many cultures and in so many ways. Naming traditions vary widely around the world, and some are incredibly rich. In some parts of the world you are named for the day of the week you were born on. In other places it is your position among your siblings that matters (firstborn, third boy, etc.). Sometimes a child’s name is some creative combination of the names of both parents; or a memory of a lost loved one; or an exact copy of the father’s name, adding “Jr.” or “III” or “IV.” In many places a baby is not named for some time after birth, and by the time the name is given, it is meaningful because of an event, character …

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