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date: 26 February 2020

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The purpose of this investigation was to compare the similarities and differences of the naming systems of fifteen languages. Experts were asked to describe the naming practices in their assigned language. The 194 responses dealing with naming practices (such as patronyms, matronyms, chosen by parents, Bible names, etc.) were tabulated and classified. Then each language was correlated with all the others to determine which practices were shared and to what degree. The results show the language of the United Kingdom had the most shared responses followed respectively by Greek, German, Dutch, United States, French, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Chinese, Maltese, Jewish, Zulu, Maori, and Bible.

Keywords: patronyms, nicknames, Bible, globalization, hypocoristic

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