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10 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Polynesian Names

What is in a name? Well, for many Polynesians, it’s their entire heritage. In the past few centuries, Western influences have changed the way people from this region of the world are naming their children. This blog post will explore 10 things you never knew about Polynesian names and how they’ve been influenced by outside cultures!

Polynesian names are often not exclusively considered as a part of someone’s heritage. In the past few centuries, many Polynesians have chosen to adopt Western-style names for their children because they’re easier to pronounce and spell than traditional ones.

Historically, both male and female members of all social strata in Tahiti had two personal names: one from birth until puberty; the other assigned at marriage by an elder kin or kahu (godparent). At death, however, most people were identified only by their “personal name”–that given when young. Thus it was possible that individuals might outlive more than one generation with which they were socially associated during life. This pattern seems evident among Hawaiians who sought refuge with their ancestors, and it might hold for the Marquesas too.

In Tahiti a person would be addressed by his or her first name until puberty at which time they were given their second personal name of matri-lineage descent from an elder kahu (godparent). From that point on they would only use this as one’s primary identity marker; but in Hawai’i, “the older people are not very much accustomed to using the child’s secondary name.”

One is chosen when young often based on the circumstances surrounding birth: e.g., if born during pregnancy (“uma”), while grinding taro root chips (“kaua”)..or after being bitten by a dog who had just eaten breadfruit (“pu’u”).

Hawaiians had a special name for those who died in war or on the high seas: “pokai” (translated as “lost”) and, if they were never found, their family would wear sackcloth until that point. This is one thing my research uncovered which seemed to be common among Polynesian cultures but not so much in other parts of the world.

The two-name system was adopted by many communities throughout Oceania including Hawaii because it’s easier to identify people when children are too young to speak; especially if twins are born during different seasons. There doesn’t seem to have been any particular reason why this practice evolved – although some scholars speculate that it might have been to help determine an individual’s social status and role in the community.

If you’re looking for a Polynesian name, consider one that has more than two parts; since many of our names are quite long! One example is Teiki-o-Liloa – who was born on September 17th, 1877 as Prince Regent Lili’uokalani’s daughter. The name means “royalty”.

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When thinking of a Polynesian name, consider one that has more than two parts since many of our names are quite long! One example is Teiki-o-Liloa – who was born on September 17th, 1877 as Prince Regent Lili’uokalani’s daughter. The name means “royalty”.

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a) What you need to know before getting a Polynesian name

b) Common names in Hawaiian culture

c) How to pronounce your new name and how it’s spelled

d) The meaning of many Polynesian names.

e) Why having more than one part is important when getting a name!

f) What you can do now that you know about our culture and language.

g) Links for further reading on the topic (can include website URLs, books, etc.). When thinking of a Polynesian name, consider one that has more than two parts since many of our names are quite long! One example is Teiki-o-Liloa – who was born on September 17th, 1877 as Prince Regent Lili’uokalani’s second son.

h) What is the best thing to do when choosing a Polynesian name?

i) Bonus Tip: When looking for an appropriate Hawaiian baby names, try not to be stereotypical and only use female or male names. Mix it up! One way would be to combine both genders in one name like Kana-o’a which means ‘woman’. This can also work with other cultures as well so don’t feel limited because of what you know about your own culture!””]] [[n they may want to learn about. I also think there should be more visuals.]] What you need to know before getting a Polynesian Name[[b]]

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a) How do I find the right name? b) What if my search is unsuccessful? c) Will there be any benefits to having an authentic Polynesian name? d) Are there any disadvantages of choosing your own Hawaiian baby names or other culture’s names instead of using one from their traditional list? e) Do people in Hawaii ever change their last name after marriage like they would in America (ex. Smith-Jones)? f ) Bonus Tip: When looking for an appropriate Hawaiian baby names, try not to be stereotypical and avoid using names like “Kapuna” or words such as “Pua.”

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a) How do I find the right name? b) What if my search is unsuccessful? c) Will there be any benefits to having an authentic Polynesian name? d) Are there any disadvantages of choosing your own Hawaiian baby names or other culture’s names instead of using one from their traditional list? e ) Do people in Hawaii ever change their last name after marriage like they would in America (ex. Smith-Jones)? f ) Bonus Tip: When looking for

Alofa – Loving kindness, affection.

Alfred – Prominent ruler of the nation.

Bula – Excitement or fun; a greeting that conveys goodwill and happiness to others.

Dalamai- Kindness, gentleness.

Eseta- A gift given in appreciation for someone’s hospitality or generosity (or one who is so). Fakaleiti – Male equivalent of traditional female attire which has been shortened by many years through changes made to accommodate less restrictive modern clothes styles while retaining some features from the traditional ceremonial dress such as the lavalava skirt and an ornate waistband belt called “malu” at times with long hair framing their face styled into elaborate curls and waves. Cardiff- Meaning “at the fortified manor or castle” from Welsh words carreg (rock) + teg (fortified dwelling). Nuku – Paradise, heaven in Polynesian culture; nukuhiva is a type of hardwood endemic to French Polynesia which was used for making traditional tiki figurines and bowls used by indigenous people for offerings. Lakalaka – To play with others using your fingers as instruments on an unstructured drumbeat made up on the spot according to one’s own rhythm, tempo and sense of sound distribution within a group setting. Koa’ekeahelei – Young member of society who has not yet

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