One of first significant ceremonies is the naming of a child. The name decided by
the family generally starts with the first letter of a randomly taken passage
from the Guru Granth Sahib. Find out more about
Sikh baby names and
Sikh Names and Their Significance
Most but not all names are derived from the Guru
Granth Sahib and in most cases describe God's attributes and not
ours. (ie. immortal, infinite beauty, most intelligent,
unfathomable, unapproachable, victorious, pure, ageless etc.)
In 1699, Sikh Women were given the last name 'Kaur'
and and Men 'Singh' by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru. This
initiate intended to end the caste system, social stratification and
much of the apparatus of Hindu ritual and legalism. In Indian
society, an individual's name reveals his or her caste, and Sikhs
were freed from the caste system by having all men incorporate Singh
in their names and all women, Kaur.
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