Zulu names /
Adrian Koopman.
Pietermaritzburg : University of Natal, 2002.
xiii, 324 p. : ill. (some col.), map.
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Pietermaritzburg : University of Natal, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-316).
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adrian Koopman is a Professor of Zulu in the School of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, as well as the Director of the Onomastics Studies Unit on the same campus.
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Main Description
Local history and folklore often inform the naming of people and places. Does eThekwini mean "place of the lagoon" or "place of the single testicle"? How are the names of dogs used to accuse a neighbor of witchcraft? What is the origin of Jamludi? Is the Zulu isibongo the same as a surname? Zulu Names explores the meanings of and metaphors behind more than a thousand Zulu names grouped into different categories: from personal names and nicknames to clan names and praises; from place, homestead and regimental names to school and shop names; and from domestic animal and bird names to the names of the Zulu lunar months. For the more serious scholar, Zulu Names also contains ground-breaking research and onomastic material. This is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in Zulu language or culture, or in naming practices generally.
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This text explores the meanings of and metaphors behind more than a thousand Zulu names grouped into different categories - from personal names and nicknames to clan names and praises, from place, homestead and regimental names to school and shop names.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
General introduction
Recent name changesp. 3
What is 'onomastics'?p. 8
Linguistic conventionsp. 9
What are names?p. 9
What different sorts of names do we have?p. 10
Literary onomasticsp. 10
Anthroponymsp. 10
Ethnonymsp. 12
Toponymsp. 12
Other namesp. 13
Anthroponymy (Personal Names)
Zulu names and other forms of address
The concept of the namep. 17
Name avoidance and alternative vocabulariesp. 18
The igama lasekhaya: The home namep. 20
The igama lesilungu: The Euro-origin namep. 21
The isibongo: The clan namep. 23
The isithakazelo: The clan praisep. 24
Nicknamesp. 24
Baby namep. 25
Peer nicknamep. 25
Abbreviated formsp. 25
Patronymsp. 27
Teknonymsp. 28
Kinship termsp. 29
Addressing one's parentsp. 29
Addressing one's childrenp. 29
Addressing one's siblingsp. 30
Descriptivesp. 30
Reasons for giving names
Introductionp. 33
Reasons for giving names in Zulu societyp. 34
Names referring to the structure of the familyp. 35
Names referring to the perceived role of Godp. 38
Names referring to the 'state of mind' of the parentsp. 39
Names referring to the circumstances of the birthp. 42
Names referring to the wider clanp. 47
Other or miscellaneousp. 49
Nicknames and personal praises
Introductionp. 51
The praises of young Zulu menp. 54
Courting praisesp. 55
Dancing praisesp. 56
Fighting praisesp. 56
Descriptive praisesp. 58
Football praisesp. 59
Boxing praisesp. 59
Nicknames from Molefe's collectionp. 60
Nicknames and praise names from Doke and Vilakazip. 61
The various names of Godp. 61
Character typesp. 61
Fingersp. 63
Fabulous monstersp. 64
Animalsp. 64
Miscellaneousp. 65
Zulu names of non-Zulus, especially whitesp. 66
Unidentified contemporary figuresp. 66
Well-known historical personalitiesp. 67
Surnames, clan names and clan praises
What is a 'sur-name'?p. 71
Physical features as a basis for surnamesp. 71
Place of originp. 72
Trade or occupationp. 72
Patronymicsp. 73
The meanings of some Zulu clan namesp. 74
Reasonably certain meaningsp. 74
Guessed meaningsp. 75
Obscure clan namesp. 76
Relationship between etymologies of Euro-Western and Zulu surnames/clan namesp. 76
Scottish and Zulu clansp. 76
Izithakazelo: Clan praisesp. 81
The structure of clan praisesp. 81
The use of clan praisesp. 82
The relationship between clan names and clan praisesp. 85
Regimental names
Introductionp. 87
Variations of names within the regimental systemp. 88
Confusion of regiment name with name of military establishmentp. 90
Hierarchy of Zulu military structuresp. 91
Inherited regimentsp. 94
Nicknames and praise namesp. 95
Underlying meanings of Zulu regiment namesp. 97
Behaviour or character of the regimentp. 98
The regiment and the natural environmentp. 101
Miscellaneousp. 103
Toponymy (Place Names)
Zulu place names: General introduction and standardisation of spelling
Introductionp. 109
Orthographyp. 110
Changes in orthographyp. 113
The mishearing or misrendering of original namesp. 113
Inconsistency in noun-prefix usagep. 114
Inconsistency in the use of locative formsp. 114
Differences in compounding patterns in Zulup. 116
Recommendationsp. 117
Locative or non-locative formsp. 118
Where to put the capital letter?p. 120
The semantics of Zulu place names
Introductionp. 123
Places named after physical featuresp. 124
Geographical locationp. 124
Soils and stonesp. 124
Shape and sizep. 125
Behaviour of riversp. 125
Colourp. 126
Metaphorical descriptionsp. 127
Miscellaneous descriptionsp. 127
Places named after characteristic plant and animal lifep. 127
Plants as a basis of place namesp. 128
Animals as a basis of place namesp. 129
Birds as a basis of place namesp. 130
Places named after historical incidents or cultural practicesp. 131
Places named after people: Especially kwa- namesp. 132
Zulu place names: Historico-cultural background
Introductionp. 135
Sourcesp. 136
A toponymical bus tourp. 137
uMsunduzip. 137
eMkhambathinip. 140
eNtshongwenip. 141
iSiphingop. 142
eZimbokodweni ('Umbogintwini')p. 143
aManzimtotip. 144
uMzimkhulup. 145
uMngenip. 146
uThongathip. 147
iNtunjambilip. 149
eMpangenip. 150
uMfolozip. 151
iSandlwanap. 152
uKhahlambap. 154
Conclusionp. 155
eThekwini and uMgungundlovu: The Zulu names of Durban and Pietermaritzburg
Introductionp. 157
eThekwini: Durbanp. 157
uMgungundlovup. 163
Spellings of 'uMgungundlovu'p. 163
Meanings of 'uMgungundlovu'p. 166
Names of schools
Introductionp. 173
Sourcesp. 173
School names based on other namesp. 174
Descriptive namesp. 176
School names with a moral messagep. 177
Unity in educationp. 177
Light as a symbol of educationp. 179
Other symbols of educationp. 179
Positive injunctionsp. 180
Names of homesteads
Introductionp. 183
The naming of the homesteadp. 183
Function of homestead namesp. 185
Semantic categories of Zulu homestead namesp. 186
Names that refer to the homestead itselfp. 188
Names that convey a social messagep. 189
Shop names
Introductionp. 197
Functions of shop namesp. 198
Positive images and valuesp. 198
Eponymsp. 200
Promisesp. 201
Community spiritp. 203
Exhortationsp. 204
Miscellaneousp. 204
Queriesp. 206
Miscellaneous names
Names of domestic animals
Introductionp. 211
Names from the Euro-Western naming traditionp. 212
Oxenp. 212
Cowsp. 216
Donkeysp. 217
Dogsp. 217
Catsp. 217
Names referring to the characteristics of the animalp. 219
Animal names used as social commentp. 220
Names, nicknames, praise names and praisesp. 223
Praises of a bullp. 226
Conclusionp. 227
Generic names of birds
Introductionp. 233
Bird names and bird species in Zulup. 233
Structure of bird namesp. 237
Simple-stemmed namesp. 237
Complex-stemmed namesp. 238
Compound-stemmed namesp. 238
Relationship between structure and meaningp. 238
Underlying meanings of complex- and compound-stemmed namesp. 240
Appearance: Size, shape, colour, plumage, etc.p. 241
Songp. 243
Habitsp. 245
Habitatp. 246
Miscellaneousp. 247
Names of months and days
Introductionp. 249
The names of the Zulu lunar monthsp. 250
The first month: uNcwabap. 251
The second month: uMandulop. 251
The third month: uMfumfup. 251
The fourth month: uLwezip. 252
The fifth month: uZibandlelap. 252
The sixth month: uMasinganap. 253
The seventh month: uNhlolanjap. 253
The eighth month: uNdasap. 254
The ninth month: uMbasa (uMbaso)p. 254
The tenth month: uNgulazibuyap. 255
The eleventh month: uNhlabap. 255
The twelfth month: uNhlangula or uNhlangulanap. 255
The thirteenth month: uNtulikazip. 256
Other monthsp. 256
Mkhuze variationsp. 257
Days of the weekp. 260
Times of dayp. 261
Stars and planetsp. 262
Linguistic structures
Introductionp. 267
Anthroponyms and non-anthroponymic Zulu namesp. 268
Anthroponymsp. 268
Non-anthroponymic Zulu namesp. 269
Simple, complex and compound stems; phrasal namesp. 269
The structure of Zulu personal names (amagama asekhaya)p. 270
Names derived from other nounsp. 270
The use of -so-, -no-, -ma- and -sep. 271
Names derived from verbsp. 273
Names derived from other parts of speechp. 276
Difference between male and female namesp. 276
Semantic markingp. 278
Morphological markingp. 279
Double markingp. 282
Contradictory markingp. 283
Unmarked namesp. 283
Clan names (izibongo)p. 284
Compoundsp. 286
Vowel deletionp. 288
Onomastic shift
Introductionp. 297
A name may become another type of namep. 297
A name may become a 'non-name'p. 297
A 'non-name' (common noun) may become a namep. 298
Names becoming other namesp. 298
Anthroponyms become eponymous shop namesp. 298
Toponyms become school namesp. 299
River names become regimental namesp. 299
Clan names become place namesp. 299
'Non-names' become namesp. 300
The influence of bird 'names'p. 301
The influence of plant 'names'p. 301
Names become 'non-names'p. 303
The onomastic-oral literature continuump. 305
Bibliographyp. 311
Selected Indexp. 317
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