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When meeting someone for the first time, it is customary for Indians to ask you what your "good" name is. It could be our way of making a first interaction seem more polite and formal.

It could have also emerged form the Hindi phrase "Aap ka shubh naam kya hai?"

Usage

Balu: Hello what is your good name?
Sukhwinder Singh: My good name is Sukhwinder but you can call me Lolly..and whats your good name?
Added 2011-06-28 by Dishoom Dishoom

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When meeting someone Indian for the first time, it is customary for them to ask you what your "good" name is.

It could be our way of making a first interaction seem more polite and formal, or could have been a literal translation from the Hindi phrase "Aapka shubh naam kya hai?" Alternatively, it may be a derivation from the Bengali custom of giving everyone a "shubh naam" (a good, or given, name) and a "daak naam" (a petname or nickname).

Usage

Aunty: Hello beta, what is your good name?
Added 2011-08-12 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

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