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More foreign names enter Norway Almanac. Ten Muslim names are added to the Norwegian Almanac’s name day register. The move follows research conducted by the University of Oslo. The order of these name days is changed every ten years. A minimum of 450 people in Norway must have these names in order for them to qualify for being given a name day.

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More foreign names enter Norway Almanac

Published on Monday, 14th November, 2016 at 11:05 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

Ten Muslim names are added to the Norwegian Almanac’s name day register.

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The move follows research conducted by the University of Oslo. The order of these name days is changed every ten years.

A minimum of 450 people in Norway must have these names in order for them to qualify for being given a name day.

They are chosen from figures given by state number cruncher Statistics Norway (SSB).

“The names are selected on the basis of frequency,” University of Oslo researcher Solveig Wikstrøm told website utrop.no. “In some cases, certain adaptations have been made so that each gender has roughly the same number of names.”

They have been placed together with existing names that either start with the same letter, or that sound alike – such as Aisha and Aslaug, or Omar and Jomar. No existing name days have been moved.

2017 sees the following Muslim names added. The number of people with this name in Norway is listed in brackets:

  • 6th January – Aisha (725), shares the day with Aslaug and Åslaug
  • 16th January – Hassan (1,206), shares with Hilmar and Hjalmar
  • 2nd February – Omar (1,252), shares with Jostein and Jomar
  • 18th February – Fatima (1,268), shares with Frode and Frøydis
  • 7th March – Ali (3,258), shares with Are and Arild
  • 16th April – Mohammad (4,119), shares with Magnus and Mons. Alternative forms: Mohamed (3,055), Mohammed (2,478), and Muhammad (1,601)
  • 16th May – Samira (498), shares with Sara and Siren
  • 21st June – Ahmed (2,486), shares with Agnar og Annar. Alternativ forms: Ahmad (1,114)
  • 10th July – Amina (1,127), shares with Anita and Anja
  • 8th August – Yasmin (555), shares Evy and Yvonne

The Islamic Council Norway’s (IRN) Methab Afsar told the website that they feel the move “has a positive effect regarding integration and identity in that people feel valued.”

Facts:          

  • Celebrating a name day has its origins in Christianity – around the time of the Middle Ages
  • Catholic saints had these days named after them
  • These saints days lost their religious significance in Protestant countries at the beginning of the 1500s during the Reformation
  • Name days are like a second birthday in Sweden and Finland
  • In some Catholic countries, it is more important than a birthday

(Sources: Wikipedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Store norske leksikon (SNL – Norwegian-language encyclopaedia), utrop.no, NRK)



Published on Monday, 14th November, 2016 at 11:05 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: muslim, arabic, diary, names, research, almanac, paywall.





  
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