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ICOS 2008 Conference Abstract

Changing Patterns in Names of Maori Representative Sportsmen in New Zealand, 1892-2007

Author(s):
P W Matthews
ICOS, New Zealand

Since the late nineteenth century, just on 2,200 men have represented New Zealand in rugby union, rugby league and cricket. Of these men, 310 are known to have Maori ancestry. In this paper six questions are asked of the Maori representatives. These are:
(1) What are their given and family names?
(2) What are the languages of their given and their family names?
(3) What combinations occur, by languages, for their given and family names?
(4) What changes have there been in the languages of the given names over time?
(5) What changes have there been in the languages of the family names over time?
(6) What changes have there been in the combinations, by languages, of the given and family names over time?
Explanations for the findings and changes are sought in missionary and church naming practices, in government policies about the nature of New Zealand society (e.g., in education, naming, housing and language), in internal Maori migration patterns and in intermarriage patterns. In conclusion, Maori activism in the 1970s and its possible influence on given and family names is commented on.

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