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31st-Jan-2008 08:58 pm

Um.. what?
1st-Feb-2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I think there are some cultures that actually do only have one name, but it's funny anyway and I won't let obscure facts get in the way of a lighthearted mock!
1st-Feb-2008 05:44 am (UTC)
oh wow.. please.. I need like a link to something.. I just don't even get that concept. How do they keep track of who they are within a family? OR how do they keep track of which family they came from?
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1st-Feb-2008 06:00 am (UTC)
OT, but i can't help myself: major icon love!

ellen page ftw.
1st-Feb-2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Yesss. I couldn't help myself either when I stole the icon from someone else, haha.
1st-Feb-2008 06:14 am (UTC)
1st-Feb-2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Hahaha oh man, I wish my name was McLovin.
1st-Feb-2008 06:15 am (UTC)
I suppose CSU wants foreign students from Indonesia to put their sole name in as the "family" name in order to make the database work. (The majority of Indonesians only have one name, and those who have more than one name often have two or three personal names and no family name whatsoever.)

Using names to track family relations is not universal; surnames only date back a few centuries in much of northwestern Europe. Residents of some Dutch communities only adopted family names after Napoleon occupied the Netherlands and ordered them to.
1st-Feb-2008 07:10 am (UTC)
Surnames only date back to the previous century in parts of Scandinavia - Norway didn't get a law enforcing family names until 1923. Most people in Iceland still use patronymics.
1st-Feb-2008 07:10 am (UTC)
I guess I could understand an individual having a bit of trouble with that if:
a. They come from a culture in which more than one first name is used.
b. They belong to a cult.
c. They believe they belong among the Chers and Madonnas of the world and have taken legal action to achieve this.

I got my BA in anthropology, and I can't remember ever hearing about a culture that flat out doesn't give/use a unique or everyday name.
2nd-Feb-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
I'd have to say the options that are most likely in this case are B and C. I guess even cults should get the respect that they deserve, haha.
I really think that some people are looking to deep into this, I mean yes there is logic behind why they did it, but was it really necessary? Is there really that many Indonesians that are dying to go to a CSU that they had to put in that check box? That's basically the part that I was baffled at.
1st-Feb-2008 07:53 am (UTC)


I know there are cultures that arrange the name differently that the English standard format, but every culture I've heard of have some method of identifying an individual name and familial name, even if it's nothing more than 'Worf, son of Mogh.'
1st-Feb-2008 09:39 am (UTC)
1st-Feb-2008 09:01 am (UTC)
It's California and the CSU's, what do you expect....
1st-Feb-2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
sorry. Icon love. *cuddles teh ferret* Mine is named Charlie the Unicorn... Yay Albinos!
1st-Feb-2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
One of my best friends has annoyances with forms like those. In his case, he has 2 legit "first names", but as he is Chinese his name goes like EngFirstName EngMidName Surname ChiName1 ChiName2. (to give a random example: Ben John Lee Guai Ming) So when he's asked to put his first names in a form like that, he never quites know how to make it all fit!
1st-Feb-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
soound almost as bad as my mum. she's chinese too. for a first name she had a western name, she had a local name (from the central pacific, where she was born and a chinese name, her surname could be split too it was jong k**-K##, to either Jong or K**-K##. she actually had to have offical paoper drawn up to say all these names were hers.
1st-Feb-2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Only one I can think of, who would find that box really useful.
1st-Feb-2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Just as a side note. I live in the US and I have two legal middle names. The US won't recognize two legal last names (unless they are joined with a hyphen.. and then yeah.. that's one name), but for some reason, two legal middle names is perfectly ok... *laugh*. But yeah, my license, my social security card, all of it, reads all 4 names. The only thing that confuses people with that is they just can't figure out WHICH one is my last name.. and I'm like DUH.. the LAST one! *smile and shakes my head*

1st-Feb-2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
lol that is good to know. My husband and I plan to give our first son two middle names... glad it won't be a super annoyance for him.
1st-Feb-2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I work in the international student office at my university, and not a day goes by when I don't see someone who has either no first name or no last name. Also, there are a lot of names that can be either first name or last name, which doesn't help the issue.
1st-Feb-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Teller (of Penn and Teller) has only one name.

He changed it to that, but nevertheless he now has one name.


(realizing wikipedia blows as a source, I'm too lazy to do any acutal digging though)
1st-Feb-2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
I have two friends who legally changed their names and only have one name (one is in the UK and the other in the US). They have a terrible time because the can't order anything online and credit cards and banks just throw up their hands in despair...
2nd-Feb-2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I work for a testing assessment company, there are many international students who take our tests.

I've seen many people who have just one name, and as previously mentioned, they're usually from India or Indonesia. A candidate only having one name totally wreaks havoc in our database because the first and last name fields need to be filled.

But, the company I work for has never been accused of being logical, so I'm not surprised no one thought of this when the database was developed. **shrug**
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