The Balinese naming system is used by the Balinese people of Bali and in the western parts of the neighboring island of Lombok, Indonesia, which is characterized by the use of four 'typical' names. Since most Balinese are Hindus, most names are Sanskrit, while others still use native Balinese names.
Regardless of sex, each person receives one of four names based on birth order. Despite significant variations due to caste membership, regional customs and variations in the Balinese language between the north and the south of the island, there are four names in Balinese culture that are repeated frequently.
The first born is Wayan, and if there is a fifth child, he/she is often called Wayan Balik (or Wayan "again"). Balinese people are given other names, including a new "name" after death. Generally, everyone uses birth order names to refer to each other. "Given" names may be chosen due, for example, to the influence of popular culture or politics. Like some other Indonesian cultures, Balinese do not use family names.
FIRST born names : Wayan, Putu, Gede , (Ni Luh, female only). Wayan is Balinese originally meant 'Wayah' or oldest. SECOND born names : Made, Kadek, Nengah. Made/Nengah means 'madya' or middle, Kadek means little brother/sister.
THIRD born names : Nyoman or Komang and FOURTH born names : Ketut.
Balinese names are rendered into Roman script by the Romanization of the Indonesian language. The spelling to pronunciation relationship is said to be "perfect" because the spelling of words was revised significantly in the 1970s and/or 1980s and even more recently.
Loc : Bali Island, Indonesia
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