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What names Tehrani parents choose for their children?

In all societies, the names people give to their children are subjected to different sociological and even political justifications.

Besides, most of the times, picking a name reveals beliefs and history of the parents. 

Sociologist Abbas Abdi conducted a research on Tehrani babies born from Iranian calendar year 1375 (March 1996-March 1997) to 1394 (March 2015-March 2016) in a book titled “An Evolution in Picking Names for Children in Tehran”.

The book was discussed during a meeting last week at the Iran’s National Library and Archives.He had previously conducted a research on the process of picking name in Tehran from Iranian calendar year 1345 (March 1966-March 1967) to 1375 (March 1996-March 1997) in a book named “A Voice that never Heard”.

“The names people pick to give their children have always been an important criteria for sociological studies of a community,” Abdi said.

“We never fully understand the reasons of parents for choosing a name for their babies. The criteria for choosing names have a very wide range and are complex as well.”He said that he considered items like the name of mother, father and the baby’s birthplace, in this case Tehran, in his research.

Three cultures impact picking names in Iran, which are divided into subcultures themselves. 

One is the Islamic culture, according to which, people pick names like Fatemeh and Hossein for their children that is understandable, he explained.

Traditional Islamic and national Islamic are subdivisions for this kind of name picking, he added.“Another one is the national culture, which leads to choosing names from sources like Shahnameh and some names with Zoroastrian roots have been added to this group in recent years.”

“The third is the Western culture, which is controlled by laws imposed by National Organization for Civil Registration and mostly shows itself in names picked for baby girls,” he explained.

According to the National Organization for Civil Registration, Iranian Muslims cannot give names with non-Persian, non-Islamic roots to their children, however, folklore names are exceptions.


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