Samoan Culture

Naming

  • Typically, first names come before last names. For example, Teuila AUTUFUGA.
  • If someone holds a title, that name will come before their given name.
  • Samoans often name their children after their relatives, such as aunts, uncles or grandparents.
  • Some Samoans have biblical names or names with a religious meaning along with traditional Samoan names. Other names may represent characteristics or animals.
  • If someone has the title of Matai, this name will precede their given first name.
  • Some people may hold a number of different Matai names from different branches of their genealogy.
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