What's in a Name?

Where'd you get your name? Take our quiz and learn how parents in different cultures name their kids.

Quiz

1. In Ireland, many people have last names that start with "Mac," meaning "son of." What does the "O," as in "O'Brien" mean?

  • "Brother of."
  • "Grandson of."
  • "Father of."

2. The members of the Luo tribe of Kenya choose their children's names based on:

  • The name of a deceased relative who appears in a dream.
  • Christian names from the Bible.
  • Both of the above.

3. What do the names Miller, Cooper, and Smith have in common?

  • They are Anglo-Saxon names.
  • They are names derived from professions.
  • They are all names of famous writers.

4. If you were observing Jewish tradition, you would name your son:

  • After your family's rabbi.
  • After a deceased relative.
  • With any name from the Old Testament.

5. Throughout life, a Vietnamese child will be known and called by:

  • The family name.
  • The given name.
  • The middle name.

1. In Ireland, many people have last names that start with "Mac," meaning "son of." What does the "O," as in "O'Brien" mean?
"Grandson of."

2. The members of the Luo tribe of Kenya choose their children's names based on:
Both of the above.

3. What do the names Miller, Cooper, and Smith have in common?
They are names derived from professions.

4. If you were observing Jewish tradition, you would name your son:
After a deceased relative.

5. Throughout life, a Vietnamese child will be known and called by:
The given name.

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