Arno, Andrew. Personal names as narrative in Fiji: politics of the Lauan onomasticon

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Title: Personal names as narrative in Fiji: politics of the Lauan onomasticon

Published in: Ethnology -- Vol. 33, no. 1

Published By: Ethnology -- Vol. 33, no. 1 1994. 21-34 p.

By line: Andrew Arno

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Lau Fijians (OQ06)

Subjects: Personal names (551); Naming (553);

Abstract: This is a detailed study of personal names and naming practices on Moce Island in Fiji's southern Lau group. Arno analyzes a sample of almost 1,500 personal names that he collected in the early 1970s and describes their meaning, derivation, and the social contexts in which they are applied. Arno observes that the Lauan names are often narrative snippets that commemorate not only people, but events and social relationships as well, and reflect personal everyday family histories, not just the doings of heroes and elites (p. 32).

Document Number: 12

Document ID: oq06-012

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-34)

Field Date: early 1970s (p. 25)

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1995

Coverage Date: early 1970s

Coverage Place: Moce Island, southern Lau group, Fiji (p. 25)

LCSH: Fijians


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