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Innovative anthroponymy: The case of the South African Coloured community

Publicația: Magistri et alumni, amore scribendi. Studia. In Honorem Professoris Nicolae Felecan, Secțiunea Onomastică, p. 487-496
Editori:Oliviu Felecan, Daiana Felecan
Editura:Editura Mega, Editura Argonaut
Rezumat:South Africa is known for its multicultural and multilingual community. One of the communities found across the country is the so-called Coloured community who are usually Afrikaans or English speaking. Their historical background is not always clear and often complex. The name Coloured(s) is often written between inverted commas, suggesting that not everybody is comfortable or sure about that name.
The purpose with this contribution is to highlight the coming into being of this group, and to focus on their name giving practices in modern times, particularly regarding first names. Not much is known about the Coloured community, and they sometimes consider themselves as not belonging to any of the major groupings in South Africa. In the old apartheid dispensation they were often looked down upon and the Afrikaner regime often removed them from areas where they had settled. They were not considered “white” enough. With the new democratic dispensation arriving in 1994, they are often considered not “black” enough to thoroughly enjoy the benefits of the “new” South Africa.
In the last few decades the name giving of the Coloureds seems to have been influenced by the Afro-American traditions, notably by practices of American celebrities, and communities are even trying to outdo them by assigning “unusual” or “unconventional” names to their children.
It is an open question whether these names are still considered unconventional, or have slowly but surely become conventional (if that is possible). Some available naming data will be illustrated and discussed.
Cuvinte-cheie:multicultural, Coloureds, history, identity, Afro-American, innovative anthroponymy
Limba: engleză

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