differ greatly, both between and within ethnic groups in Fiji. Indigenous Fijians
have a set of cultural practices which today are more loosely followed, and to some extent blended with elements of European culture with regard to names. In the Indian community
, traditional Indian naming practices co-exist with influence from the Fijian and European cultures.
The use of surnames
is not traditional in Fijian culture
. In recent years, it has become more common, but remains far from universal. Whether to have a surname, and if so, whether to use it, are very much a matter of personal preference. One's last name is not always, therefore, a surname.
The majority of Fijians have two given names
, a Christian name taken usually from the Bible, and a traditional name. A child may be baptized or registered with a surname, usually derived from the father's traditional given name. It is not unusual for persons baptized with surnames to discard them; some reclaim them later in life, and some who did not originally have one may later adopt their father's traditional name as a surname. It is not unheard of for Fijians to be known by different names at different stages of their lives.
Fijian naming examples
Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
, for example, was known as Sitiveni Ligamamada
in his earlier days as a rugby player. Another notable example is George Speight
, the instigator of a coup d'état
in 2000, who contested the......