Names are intimately a part of traditions and culture of Mongolia. Choosing one for a child is in fa ct not an easy task. Would you like to know about facts about given names in Mongolia? What is trendy and not, or even funny?
Into choosing a name in Mongolia
In the past, a very respected member of the family or even a religious person, or the parents themselves, could give a name to a child.
A name brings fortune to the concerned person, so it has to be chosen very wisely. Old Mongolian names (manly names for boys and beauty related for girls) were common in the past, and reintroduced into the modern times using 2 meaningful nouns or adjectives together. During the communist period and with a close relationship with the Soviet Union, Mongolian people gave Russian trendy names for their children.
Today you can choose over 40.000 names in Mongolia… you cannot say you don’t have a choice!
First of all, you just gave birth to a beautiful child of yours, either a boy or a girl or even both if you are lucky enough, and now it is time to find him/her a proper name.
Then comes the “нэр өгөх ёс” ceremony that will be an absolute necessity for the newborn. In the early days of the child, relatives will gather and prepare some meals, desserts, and refreshments (alcohol is also authorized, but in small quantity). This event is prepared under the influence of the lunar calendar, at the best possible date consulted sometimes with the help of a lama. The tradition says that the ceremony or gathering can be held until sunset.
Typically the father of new baby will give the Khadag (this beautiful and colorful silk scarf) to elders and ask them to consider the future name, depending on different factors like the child’s birth year, the month, the planet and the symbol associated to the exact time of the birth.