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Teknonymy (from Greek: τέκνον, "child" and Greek: ὄνομα, "name"),[1] is the practice of referring to parents by the names of their children.[2] This practice can be found in many different cultures around the world. The term was coined by anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor in an 1889 paper.[3] Such names are called teknonyms, teknonymics, or paedonymics.[4]

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  1. ^ Reflections on Japanese Language and Culture. Studies in the humanities and social relations. Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies, Keio University. 1987. p. 65. Retrieved 16 June 2019. On the Notion of Teknonymy In the field of anthropology, the custom of calling the parent after the child is known as teknonymy, a term coined from the Greek word teknon "child" and the anglicized form of onoma as onymy "name".
  2. ^ Parsons, Elsie Clews (1914). "Teknonymy". American Journal of Sociology. 19 (5): 649–650. ISSN 0002-9602.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Kwang-Kyu; Kim Harvey, Youngsook (1973). "Teknonymy and Geononymy in Korean Kinship Terminology". Ethnology. 12 (1): 31–46. doi:10.2307/3773095. JSTOR 3773095.
  4. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (2005), "paedonymic, n."
  5. ^ Winarnita, Monika; Herriman, Nicholas (2012). "Marriage Migration to the Malay Muslim community of Home Island (Cocos Keeling Islands)". Indonesia and the Malay World. 40 (118): 372–387. doi:10.1080/13639811.2012.709020. S2CID 162569220.
  6. ^ Geertz, Hildred; Geertz, Clifford (1964). "Teknonymy in Bali: Parenthood, Age-Grading and Genealogical Amnesia". The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 94 (2): 94–108. doi:10.2307/2844376. JSTOR 2844376.
  7. ^ Needham, Rodney (1954). "The System of Teknonyms and Death-Names of the Penan". Southwestern Journal of Anthropology. 10 (4): 416–431. doi:10.1086/soutjanth.10.4.3628836. JSTOR 3628836. S2CID 147119191.
  8. ^ Bloch, Maurice (2006). "Teknonymy and the evocation of the 'social' among the Zafimaniry of Madagascar". In vom Bruck, Gabriele; Bodenhorn, Barbara (eds.). An Anthropology of Names and Naming. Cambridge University Press. pp. 97–114. ISBN 978-0-521-84863-3.
  9. ^ Hammons, Christian (2010). Sakaliou: Reciprocity, mimesis, and the cultural economy of tradition in Siberut, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. University of Southern California.
  10. ^ Kao, Hsin-chieh (2012). Labour, life, and language: Personhood and relations among the Yami of Lanyu. Doctoral dissertation. University of St. Andrews, Department of Social Anthropology. p. 56. hdl:10023/3206.
  11. ^ Gao, Yingpei. "相声·钓鱼". YouTube. Tianjin TV Station. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  12. ^ Vilaça, Aparecida (2002). "Making Kin out of Others in Amazonia". The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 8 (2): 347–365. doi:10.1111/1467-9655.00007. JSTOR 3134479.
  13. ^ Russell, Joan (2012). Complete Swahili, Teach Yourself. Hachette. ISBN 9781444173437.