The Balinese naming system is a very special phenomenon and might be confusing at first. Let us explain!
In general, Balinese people name their children depending on the order they are born, and the names are almost the same for both males and females. This system helps you place people in their family and society:
First born : Wayan, Gede, Putu or Ni Luh
Second born : Made, Kadek or Nengah
Third born : Nyoman or Komang
Fourth born : KetutKetut means “little banana” or “the outer edge of banana bunch”. This child is considered the “bonus” kid. If a family has more than four children, the cycle repeats itself.
The initials in front of a Balinese name indicate gender and caste :
– “I” for man and “Ni” for girl for a regular Balinese citizen
– “Pande” from a blacksmith family
– “Ida Bagus” from a Brahman (respectable) family
– “Anak Agung” from a noble family
However, you might run into people with names that don’t fit into any of these categories. This is probably because they go by their nickname. Most Balinese people also give their children a second or third Hindu name that has a positive meaning.