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This paper focuses on the Mizo naming custom throughout their recorded history. Mizoram is a state of India which resides in the southernmost part of the North-East region bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. The names of the Mizo people have always embodied the Mizo Culture as it shifts throughout the past decades. The application of ethnographic study and historical method helps us in understanding the changes on their sense of identity from living in clans and tribes during the times of ‘pipute’ to the influence of British missionaries and its inauguration into the nation of India which led to acculturation and cultural hybridization. These culture changes left marks on their socio-cultural believes and values. The names from seven or eight decades ago are hardly used again in contemporary times. The concept of naming ensures that these marks can be identified in the names of the Mizo people as names reflect their contemporary language, values and believes. However, the tradition of naming itself did not change nor does some moniker given to a certain member of the society in regards to the title or position within their family.Tracing back to its historical elements, the paper attempts to highlight how naming among the Mizo reflect on the socio-cultural construct of their society.

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