Bangladeshi Culture

Naming

  • Approaches to naming vary widely in  Bangladesh based on familial and regional traditions.
  • Muslims living in Western societies often adapt naming practices that fit in with local conventions.
  • Personal names in Bangladesh may depend on the person’s religious heritage. For example, names may have their origins from other languages like Arabic, Sanskrit and Pali, but they are usually used and pronounced according to the native Bengali language.
  • Some women may adopt their husband’s surname while others will retain their name upon marriage.
  • Muhammad is a common prefix used before the name of many Muslim males, yet it is not considered to be the name used to refer to the person.
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