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11 December 2017


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Kaupa can be Kauba or Hauba in the different dialects of Simbu, especially the non-Kuman languages in Simbu. Kaupa means a bird.

Simbus also use names from other birds like Sine,Kawale, miulge, Omen and Bamen etc.

They also use names of strong trees in the forests like Yoba, and Simbus use direction of the sunrise and sunset and the headwaters and where a river disappears to name groups of people.

For Arebengua yal in the Keri language means the man from Sun down place.

My name is Awayang - actually Awe Ang but the patrol officers referred to old man Awe-ang as Awayang.

Awe means Savannah
Ang means from or of

Awe and means someone from the Savannah. I am from the East Trans Fly Savannah of South Fly District, Western Province.

Interesting indeed!

Some names have rich histories behind them. In particular, people are very particular about how they got their names.

I do not know about other provinces or cultures, but in Simbu few names like John Kaupa are popular.

We now have the Member for Moresby North-East John Kaupa, who finally won the seat after trying for many years.

Many people confused him with me and started calling to congratulate me on my victory and been given the Housing Minister. They even texted my mobile!!

Philip, I think "Nigints" is a red bird, maybe a parrot. Clement Papa can correct me. Re pair names, thanks Clement , perhaps also "Kundump" and "Mara" names of trees are also pair names.

Keith Buxton in his “The Golden Years” talks about a Kofure girl by the name of Darling. Upon a return trip to Tufi, on arrival at the airstrip he was greeted by this young attractive girl with “Hello Keith” to which he replied “Hello Darling” – to many sideways glares of suspicion from his Tour Group. Our time at Tufi about the same time in the early 70s she was the Headteacher’s housegirl and, being married with small child, he couldn’t bring himself to calling her Darling. It was always by her other name, Grace.

Garry adding to your list of pair names in Melpa, Kuri and Paraka, Mek and Rumba, Kuk and Kaka, Pup and Papa!

Don't forget 'Nigints' - I believe it means red.

And how many men were called 'Akis' around Hagen in the 1960s?

In Western Province a common name was APC - Australian Petroleum Company.

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