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Past and present-day Basque first names are offered in this highly developed list, together with information corresponding to each name.

The list has a double objective: to offer parents help when deciding an appropriate name for their new-born children and, secondly, to provide information necessary to those wishing to change their name or to adapt it to the correct spelling.

When proposing names their linguistic appropriateness, the respect owed to the bearer of the name and gender distinction have been taken into account. Of these conditions the last two are expressly mentioned by the law at present in force in Spain. At the same time, the freedom given by the law to parents –or, where appropriate, to adults– to choose a name has been respected. As a result, prior to coming to a decision, this list of names also attempts to provide information which will permit people to avoid unsuitable names.

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The Azkue Library and Archive

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The Azkue Library and Archive serves Euskaltzaindia. It is also open to all researchers and it aims to foster research and support the distribution of Basque cultural issues as far as it is able.

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