A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Personal Naming in Jordan

Majid Tarawneh, Duaa Hajjaj


This study aims to better understand the sociolingustic factors that affect personal naming in Jordan by looking at five specific factors that affect it: religious, cultural, political, naming after someone, and musicality. It examines how these five factors affect the personal naming in respect to gender, generation, and geographical distribution in Jordan. The study also seeks to determine which of the five factors are the most and which are the least influential for naming practices in Jordan. To this end, 300 names were collected and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively, with the results showing that these factors affect gender, generation, and geographical distribution in different ways. It also showed that the religious factor is the most frequent, whereas, the political factor is the least.


Sociolinguistic Factors, Personal Naming, Names, Personal Names, Jordanian Names

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.10n.5p.40


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