Why Filipinos Rhyme their Children's Name

When my mother gave birth to my brother, I was already 3 and a half years old, old enough for my opinion to count. Asked, what my brother’s name will be? I said, “Joc,” after mine which is Jic. I was supposed to be Rick but since I had difficulty pronouncing the r, I settled for Jic and everyone followed. When my other brother came a year after, I named him Jac. So now all our names rhyme, Jic, Joc, Jac, and the fourth one, born a decade later, is Jay.

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After playtime, in the afternoon, my frantic mother will then scream at the top of her lungs for the rest of the neighborhood to hear, and roll-call our names, “Jic, Joc, Jac, Jay! Go Home!”

I can just imagine what my mother will sound like if I retained the name Rick.

The rhyming of names among Filipinos is thus very convenient for name recall, emergency, and distress call, especially when children number to more than two.

Santa Claus even rhymed the names of his reindeers to make his job easier. “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.”

What about you? Does your name rhyme with your siblings?


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