Bhutanese Personal Names

The baby is not named immediately.  According to traditional belief, a new baby born is named within few weeks after birth. The name of baby is given by a lama or well know religious personage whom the parent visit. The horoscope of baby is also established by local astrologer. It normally contains detail of the child‘s previous life, the general characteristics the child will have in the present like, difficult periods, detail of marriage and children.

Bhutanese personal name is limited, there are only about 50 personal names in existence. Bhutanese names do not include a family name, except for royal lineages. So the same name appear over and over. People are always called two name, among the commonest names are:  Ugyen Wangdi, Dechen Wangmo, Karma Chime, Norbu Wangmo, Ngawang Pelden, Kinley Phuentsho, Sangay Wangyel, Tandin Phurba, Kiba Wangmo , Pema Karzi Dema, Teeyum Galley, Sonam Pema, Tshering Yangchen, Jigme Lhaden, Yangchen Lhamo, Tandin Dorji,  Ngawang Tobgay, Sangay Tenzin, Pema Choden, Kinley Wangchuk, Passang Tshering, Phuentsho Dorji, Tshering Dorji, Dorji Tashi ,….

The names can be given without distinction to boys and girls, however there are a few names that are named for woman only: Wangmo, Choeden, Kiba, Karzi, Selden, Dema Yuden, Deki, Lhamo, Yangki, Lhaden, Lham, Semyang, Dondhen…

The name almost have some meaning or a religious connotation: Tashi means good auspices or good luck, Sangay means the Buddha, Sonam means religious merit, Chime is immortality, Tshering is long life, Ugyen is the saint  Padmasambhava, Dorji is  state of indestructibility,..

In Bhutan a woman does not take her husband’s name after marriage. The children’s name are totally different from their parent and different from each other.

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on Mar 02, 2017

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