Carla Sih Prabandari


The process of naming newborn babies is inseparable from the culture where they belong. Among Javanese people, there is a change of trends in naming babies. As western, noble, and religion associated names, such as Amelia, Gupita, Arsyad, gain popularity, modest and old-fashioned names, such as Tugino and Pariyem disappear. This paper  discusses the trend in the naming of babies in Javanese community at the present time. Three theories are employed in the analysis. I will apply Saussurean Semiology and Bathesian Semiology and try to relate them to Stuart Hall's Theory of Identity. As a name is just an element of cultural identities, changing trends in naming in Javanese culture does not entirely change their identity as Javanese people.



Naming tradition, Javanese community, identity

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IJHS Journal Vol 1 No 2 publication date: 8 March 2018

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International Journal of Humanity Studies (IJHS) is a scientific journal in English published twice a year, namely in September and March, by Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.