Doing Translocal Families Through Children’s Names

  • Marta Balode
  • Aija Lulle
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


Balode and Lulle draw on research focusing on migrant mothers’ and children’s experiences of migration between Finland, Latvia and the UK during the 2010–2014 period. The forename is a crucial element of one’s translocal identity and an embodied signifier in migration processes. The authors argue for a more nuanced understanding of the dynamic meanings attached to the forename in different times, spaces and social contexts. The name becomes a boundary work through which to signify a new ‘family-making’ as well as emphasising belonging to certain identities. This boundary also implies a future horizon as it is important for parents to imagine how a child will relate to his or her name throughout the life course in different cultures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Balode
    • 1
  • Aija Lulle
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ResearcherRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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