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Binoora Bhultse demonstrates the two-handed moyzé whistling technique used in the Oyda district of southwest Ethiopia. Azeb Amha

If you were called by a melody, how would it sound? Communities in Ethiopia and PNG name people with unique individual tunes

Name tunes are unknown in most of the world, but they are found in two very distant communities.
Grogu, better known as Baby Yoda, has a name designed to sound soft and baby-like. (Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution)

Judge me by my name do you? The symbolism behind Baby Yoda’s name

How does Baby Yoda’s name measure up as a fictional character’s name? Research has shown that sounds carry associations — what does Baby Yoda’s name communicate?
People’s names are an integral part of their identity, so it’s important to ensure that they are handled correctly. (Shutterstock)

How to get someone’s name right if it’s unfamiliar to you

Mishandling someone’s name can lead to social exclusion and unbalanced power dynamics. Putting in the work to get names right reflects a dedication to inclusivity and respect for other cultures.
For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects. Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com

Why are some Americans changing their names?

The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Who is who? Gonzalo Arnaiz/Unspash

Do you look like your name?

Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they’d never met, they were often able to correctly select the person’s first name.

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