Mauritian Culture

Naming

  • Mauritian names vary based on the religion and cultural heritage of the family.
  • Christians may be named after their parents. They may also have multiple names coming from their godparents or grandparents.
  • Hindu Mauritians typically have three names: an official name (which is used mainly for legal purposes), a ‘nom criee’ (the name they are known by to most people) and a ‘nom gate’ (a more intimate name used only by members.
  • Muslims are typically given names chosen by their parents or grandparents. A naming ceremony will be held shortly after the birth.
  • Names may be selected based on holy scriptures from one’s religious affiliation.
  • Some names, such as ‘Marie’ or ‘Jean’, are quite common in Mauritius. Thus, people may be called by their middle names to avoid confusion.

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