Departmental Bulletin Paper 日本の名付け習慣における変遷の全国的分布

ウンサーシュッツ, ジャンカーラ

(15)  , pp.67 - 78 , 2017-03-21 , 立正大学心理学研究所
 Japanese naming practices have been changing dramatically in recent years, with many orthodoxname-exclusive suffixes and other characteristics going into disuse. Instead, new names are characterizedby their unusual usages of kanji. These new types of names have been widely taken up and problematizedin the media, but it has not yet been confirmed whether these are nation-wide trends. Inthis article, I consider how naming practices have changed by using data from newsletters from 12municipalities from the major regions of Japan for a total of 1,573 names were obtained. Analysisshowed that names which used kanji in non-transparent, hard to use ways were common acrossJapan, coming to approximately 50% of all names. There were no major differences between themunicipalities in this respect, and regional differences in their distribution were largely insignificant.One reason for this may be changes in interpersonal relationships affecting who is involved in thenaming process, but changes in the information available when choosing names are also important.The development of numerous internet sources about popular baby names and ranking may also haveallowed people to become more sensitive to changes in trends, encouraging them to select nameslargely in comparison with others in mind.

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