Vol. 48 No. 1 (2000)
Research Article

Changing Patterns of Personal Names Among the Maharjans of Katmandu

Published 2000-03-01



A multi-generational analysis of personal names of the Maharjans (farmers) of Katmandu, Nepal, shows significant differences between traditional names and contemporary names. The names of gods and goddesses are popular among those over 40, but are absent among those under 20. The names of younger Maharjans do not show the caste and ethnic affiliations which characterize those of older generations. Such differences can be attributed to changes in the attitudes and expectations of the Maharjans and to changes in the community's political, economic, and social structures.


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