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The Baloch Names and Titles

 

    Traditionally the name of a child was chosen a few days after birth, mostly on the sixth.  The child was given a name of some worthy forefather who was not alive.  But at the first instance, he was given an alternate name.  As the Baloch had great respect for their departed elders, they gave names to the children formally, but in the meantime alternate names were chosen because the children by those would be receiving rebukes, which was considered an insult even to those names and alway avoided.

    The Baloch borrowed names from animals, trees, plants, colours and even parts of the body.  Names were also derived from the name of week days.

    Father's name was sometimes added to the actual name, as Chakar-e-Saihakk (Chakar son of Saihakk) or Haibitan Murad (Haibitan son of Murad).   This practice most probably has crept into Baloch culture through Arabic influences at a much later stage.