Te tapa ingoa refers to naming pēpi. Naming pēpi can be regarded as a serious matter by whānau Māori.

A new pēpi is an opportunity for whānau to celebrate the continuity of their whakapapa and to choose a name for pēpi that signifies an important event or landmark, or to remember someone who has recently passed.

In some whānau there are very strong ‘family names’ that get repeated through the generations.

Whatever decision is made, there’s usually a story that goes with the name.

Naming pēpi

As whānau think about naming their new pēpi, they might want to tap into the knowledge of others, especially about their whakapapa.

Nā tō rourou, nā tōku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

With your knowledge and my knowledge, we will thrive.

Talking about naming baby is one way to open a conversation with whānau about their pēpi, to explore how they’re thinking about pēpi, and the way things happen in their family.

Conversation ideas

Have you been thinking about what you’re going to name your baby?
Would you like to tell me about names you're considering?
Are there any special things your whānau does for naming babies?
Do you know the stories behind your own names?
Who will be involved in choosing a name for your pēpi?
What will you want to consider?
How will you go about it?
What ceremony would you like to do for your pēpi?
What will you be able to tell your pēpi about their name in the future?

Helpful resources for whānau