Nepalese Culture

Naming

  • There are several varied naming conventions in Nepal. The names of children are generally announced by the elder most member of Nepalese households. For Hindu Nepalis, children are named on the 11th day after they are born during a ceremony called ‘Nwaran’. A priest visits the home to give the child a name according to the baby’s birth details and corresponding horoscope.
  • The Nepalese names usually come from Sanskrit and Pali. Each name has its own significance and meaning. Some of the names are also reflective of the beauty of Nepal. For example, Himalaya is a common Nepalese name which translates to snow capped mountains.
  • Many Nepalese use their ethnicity or caste name as their surname.
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