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This name generator will give you 10 random names for 5 different Indonesian subcultures.
There are over 60 different ethnic groups within Indonesia, each with their own customs and naming conventions, but most of them are too small to cover in a name generator.
This generator covers general Indonesian names, Chinese-Indonesian names, Moluccan names (and Papua names), Batak and Nias names (Sumatran) and Javanese names.
The first 2 names are the general Indonesian names. There are variations within different ethnic groups, but this generator uses the two names with a surname system. This way you can create every version.
The next 2 names are Chinese-Indonesian names. To shorten history, the Chinese-Indonesians had to change their names to encourage assimilation. Many Chinese-Indonesians chose an Indonesian-sounding surname based on Chinese surnames.
The first names in this generator are also Chinese. Note that the order is surname, first name.
The next 2 names are mainly Moluccan names, although the Papua names are very similar, but with less Dutch influences.
The Dutch ruled the Moluccas for hundreds of years. Those with Dutch names or other relations would have certain advantages, which is why many Moluccans chose a Dutch (sounding) name and/or surname.
Islam also had a fair deal of influence on modern names, so you can find a mixture of Dutch, Muslim and Indonesian names in this section.
The next 2 names are Batak and Nias names, one of the few ethnic groups who do use surnames. Their first names are usually Biblical.
The last 2 names are Javanese names. However, there's only a few dozen names for each gender. Despite comprising of 40% of the population, I couldn't find many (reliable) sources with names.
A major group missing from this generator are Balinese names. The Balinese use a unique system to name their children. All first-born are called "Wayan" or "Gede" or "Putu", the second born are called "Made" or "Kadek", the third is called "Nyoman" or "Komang" and the fourth is called "Ketut". Fifth children start back at names for the first born and so on.
This is a short generalization, as there are some variations depending on caste. Balinese do have other names, usually nicknames, but unfortunately I've been unable to find lists of names or enough examples for the generator.
To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don't like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.
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