- Tibetan name
Ethnic Tibetan personal names typically consist of two juxtaposed elements.
Family names are rare except among those of aristocratic ancestry (though diaspora Tibetans living in societies where a surname is expected may adopt one). Tibetan nomads (drokpa) also use clan names; in farming communities these are now rare and may be replaced by the names of households.
Traditionally personal names are bestowed upon a child by a
lama, who will often incorporate an element of their own name. In the diaspora, Tibetans often apply for the Dalai Lamato provide names for their children. Personal names are in most cases composed of readily understood Tibetan words. Most names may be given to either male or female children, with only a minority being specifically masculine or feminine.
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