Meaning of skin name in English:

skin name


  • (in Aboriginal culture) a name identifying a person's position in a society that uses skins as the basis of social organisation.

    See skin (sense 8 of the noun)

    ‘both have been given skin names establishing their kinship positions’
    • ‘Everyone should have described to them Aboriginal skin names and the connection of people to country.’
    • ‘She has been accepted into the community and has been given a skin name.’
    • ‘Her skin name is Nangala and she speaks fluent Luritja and understands a few other Aboriginal languages.’
    • ‘Skin names are passed down not from father to son or from mother to daughter, but rather from grandfather to grandson and from grandmother to granddaughter.’
    • ‘It needs to be noted that the skin names associated to Anmatyerre people also apply to people from other tribes and territories across the Australian desert.’
    • ‘It needs to be recognized that skin names alone do not constitute land ownership.’
    • ‘Skin names are inherited from patriarchal couples.’
    • ‘I have a lot of friends in the aborigine community and they've even given me a skin name in recognition of my love for nature, which is so important to them.’
    • ‘In this story, there are seven young sisters with the same skin-name.’
    • ‘We were assigned one of eight skin names, and set about building a family tree of the class.’