Template talk:Names in world cultures

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English names[edit]

I just want to check to be sure we don't have an article on naming traditions in the English-speaking world. English name is currently a redirect to something obviously inappropriate. I don't have the time right now to redress this problem...but it's obviously a problem. Wikipedia, after all, is an encyclopedia and not a travel guide. At least we can say that this is one area where anglocentrism isn't distorting our coverage :D 65.190.95.73 (talk) 22:39, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Supporting this topic for further discussion, and to support any idea that there should be an article created. I think it can be done without it seeming awkward, including both names of English origin, and also covering names and naming conventions popular in different parts of the English speaking world regardless of where they originated. There is also probably much opportunity to provide historical information, I imagine there is much that such an article could include.
While the creation of such an article is definitely merited on the basis of completeness, which benefits Wikipedia, it is also merited based on the fact that not all readers of English Wikipedia have considerable or necessarily any cultural familiarity with the English speaking world apart from knowledge of the language itself. Some people may be interested in such an article, possibly being new to English, or at any level of English speaking ability but having limited experiential immersion where English speaking culture dominates, or for any reason. 69.165.149.16 (talk) 08:49, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
Yes, the omission of America/United Kingdom/Australia, etc. from this template is an obvious example of the epidemic anglophone bias in Wikipedia. American names are considered "normal" and are therefore not included in list of "Names in world cultures". Nanobear (talk) 09:01, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
I've added the 'English Name' article to the template. The article is relevant, though it is much too short. I have the impression that whoever wrote the article didn't know anything more about the subject than common knowledge and obvious conjecture. We need an actual naming expert to look at the article and provide info on actual names and the history of the 'english name' structure.
It might also be a good idea to check if "English name" is even the proper term, as opposed to "British Term" or "American Term". Some other European languages such as Frnehc have similar structures; who knows, maybe what we think to be an "english name" is actually the "generic European name".theBOBbobato (talk) 00:36, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Template title[edit]

The title of this template as it appears on the template seems a little odd to me. First, it does not specify what names it is talking about, i.e. personal names. Second, exactly what is a "world culture"? Does it mean cultures with a worldwide diaspora or influence? if so, I could understand some of the entries as qualifying (e.g., Arabic names, Spanish names) but are the Fijian, Galician, or Tatar cultures really that pervasive worldwide? Or does "world culture" mean of this world and not an extraterrestrial culture. If this is the case, it is, at least currently, highly redundant.

Perhaps another title like "Personal names in various cultures" might more clearly reflect what the constituent articles deal with. —  AjaxSmack  03:05, 2 January 2014 (UTC)