Sunday, July 09, 2017

[xyvnrvlh] Names with meaning

In which cultures do people typically have given names whose literal meanings are readily accessible to most of the population?  This is in contrast to English, where knowing the meaning of a name typically requires knowing old English or some other language like Latin or Greek, so names normally function as meaningless placeholders assigned meaning as the identity of the person with the name.

Does this difference result in other effects in society?

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