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Indonesian names are as varied and fascinating as the amazing 17,508 islands that make up the country. 🏝️
Indonesia is a rich tapestry of cultures, faiths, and peoples—and that diversity is reflected in the nation’s names and naming conventions.
Whether you have family roots in the country or just love traveling there, you’re sure to find some unique options to inspire you.
Ready to dive in? Let’s explore how Indonesian parents name their little ones and check out some of our favorite options for Indonesian baby names.
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Surnames or family names aren’t part of Indonesia’s culture (except for within a few specific ethnic groups).
Instead, parents give their child a personal name of their choice.
This name can be made up of three—or even more—separate parts, but it still counts as a single given name.
Sometimes, parents will choose to make the father’s name part of the baby’s given name, but that’s a personal decision.
But while an Indonesian name may not tell you much about a person’s family connections, it might give you a clue about where they live.
That’s because Indonesian names are often specific to particular islands or cultures.
For example, a name beginning with “Su” and ending with “o” is likely to belong to a Javanese person.
Parents in Indonesia have a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing their child’s name.
Most people want to create something really individual, so they tend to avoid naming a baby after relatives or friends.
Some parents make up unique names by adding new endings to existing names.
Or they’ll pick a name that combines elements from different languages or cultures.
And, as we’ll see below, Indonesian names can also be inspired by a baby’s place in the family or even the month of their birth.
A popular choice in Indonesia is to name children based on the order in which they’re born into the family.
So, if you’re the first child, part of your name would mean “first,” if you’re the second child, “second,” and so on.
Here are some common Indonesian names that follow this pattern:
And on the island of Bali, they have their own unique names related to birth order:
A name related to a season or month of the year can be a lovely way to commemorate the date of your baby’s arrival in the world. 📅
These popular Indonesian names are all inspired by the months of the year, from January to December:
Indonesian names have many different roots, reflecting the country’s diversity of languages and cultures.
As Islam is the largest faith group in Indonesia, Arabic names are favorites with parents.
And with Java being the most densely populated island, names with Javanese roots are also popular.
Here are our favorite Indonesian names to inspire you:
Looking for more baby names inspired by places?
Fly south to check out our ultimate list of Australian names. 🦘
Happy choosing! We hope you find the perfect fit.
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